Beans! It’s all about the beans right now.
One of the last stops I made before leaving Chicago today after enjoying the Chicago Spring Fling was to go and see “the bean’. This sculpture in Millennium Park is officially known as Cloud Gate but many call it simply “the bean” because it looks like a bean seed.
I also took home some bean seeds from One Seed Chicago, given to us as we toured an urban vegetable garden planted by NeighborSpace.
According to the One Seed Chicago website,
“Each year One Seed Chicago selects one plant to be the focus of a season-long celebration. Imagine thousands of the same vegetable or flower linking community gardens, yards and window sills across the City! As One Book, One Chicago is to reading, One Seed Chicago is to urban greening.”
This year the plant to grow is ‘Blue Lake Pole’ beans so I’m going to sow these seeds in my garden, too, to grow along with people of Chicago and celebrate it in my own Indiana way. It will remind me of the fun we had at the Spring Fling, and the many gardens we toured, both public and private, including one NeighborSpace garden, the Ginkgo Organic Garden.
When I walked through the gate to that garden, I knew we had something in common, besides the use of raised beds to grow vegetables.
I’m sure their methods for keeping the rabbits out of the beds will be successful, and I wish them the best in growing food that will be shared with local food banks.
When I returned to my own garden today and removed the row cover from the green bean plot, I was relieved to see that they were indeed protected from the rabbits.
My beans seem to have grown “inches” while I was away. I’ll plant the ‘Blue Lake Pole’ beans tomorrow. They’ll catch up quickly and remind me of the fun of the Chicago Spring Fling.
Many thanks to those who organized the Chicago Spring Fling and lined up the garden tours and sponsorships. I’m sure at times getting us in the right place at the right time felt a bit like chasing a rabbit in the garden, but it all went very smoothly and a good time was had by all! Thank you!