Sunday, April 22, 2012

Transplant of the Lonely Soybeans

Because my goal is to have an edible landscape that allows me to harvest my own food without having to worry about where it came from, or how it was grown, I need to have a nice variety.  One thing I hadn't planted was any sort of bean crop, and soybeans are a particular favorite of mine.

Soybeans are one type of crop that sets me very much on edge, however.  As many of you know, a large portion of the soy in our grocery stores have been genetically modified.  Now, today is not the day that I'm going to argue about the evils of genetic modification - I'll do that later, but today I'm just going to point out that this is not something I'd consider an advantage. 

One reason for this is the high amount of pesticides that are used on these crops.  I don't use pesticides.  I don't believe in using them, at all.  Growing my own soybeans gives me the knowledge that none have been used, and this makes me a very happy person.

Now, soybeans grow fast.  Of course, we all know this.  There's a reason, after all, that beans are the preferred seed for classroom projects.

What I didn't know, however, was that after a mere week and a half I'd have one growing six inches tall inside my little take-home fast food beverage cup that I used as a temporary container.  A second seed had also sprouted there, and was only three inches tall.  This, however, was far too much for such a small container.  The soybeans had to be transplanted outside, and fast!

I filled my Earthbox with soil, and transplanted my soybeans into it.  Now, they'd have plenty of room to grow. 

I then placed some seeds straight into the container so that I could have a wealth of soybeans in the future.  Soybeans only need to be planted about three inches apart, after all. 

There was just one problem.  I placed my transplants at the far left side of the container, so that I could easily judge whether the transplants or the beans that I directly seeded grow at a better rate.  Granted, this doesn't seem like a problem on the surface, but... looks so lonely in there!!!  My poor, poor soybean transplant.  Hopefully it'll have a few new buddies growing in there beside it soon.

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