Surprises (In the Form of Wild Green Beans)

Every winter, weak-rooted weeds nestle themselves in the thick grass in the yard. A few weeks ago, we did our usual sweep through the yard.

The neighbors must think my husband and I are either hippies or obsessed with our yard as we pick the weeds by hand. While chemicals are an option, the weeds often return. If leaf, stem, and root are carefully extracted, the weed doesn’t come back. And the finicky grass doesn’t risk injury.

As he worked by the porch, he called me. The thing that was growing looked oddly like the green bean plants that were already beginning to wind themselves up their trellises. Needless to say, we were surprised. A seed from the bag must have been blown off the open porch and into the grass.

How did this end up here? It's a good ten feet from the garden and even further from the other green bean plants.

How did this end up here? It’s a good ten feet from the garden and even further from the other green bean plants.

Since its discovery, we’ve been watching it with great interest. It doesn’t appreciate the painted wooden pillar that’s already there, so I brought it an old tomato cage to grow up on.

The most important thing to do with a green bean plant is introduce it to where you want it to grow. Carefully, I wound the searching tendril around part of the metal cage. The next day, the tendril had tightened, reaching for the sky.

New buds clinging to the tomato cage

New buds clinging to the tomato cage

Today, as I watered the garden and the roguish green bean plant along the porch, I found another surprise. It’s not far behind its siblings in the garden.

Baby green bean!

Baby green bean!

Have you had any surprises this week?

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