Janice's Blog

Oats and Beans and Barley grow...

Oats and beans and barley grow,
Oats and beans and barley grow,
Do you or I or anyone know,
How oats and beans and barley grow?

Well these ones grew without pesticides! The oats and barley have grown great guns, but I have had an ongoing war with the rabbit this year, trying to grow beans!  Apparently it is smart enough to know that the dogs are inside at night, AND that Kimiko and Eric can't get beyond the fence!  Nonetheless, I did get a small harvest of snap beans, to complete the trio for this pic for y'all.  Happily, the dried bean varieties seem to be a little more rabbit-proof.
This year, I decided to grow a few new things, including oats, barley, and chickpeas, all of which were pretty easy to grow.  The barley and the oats don't require terribly rich soil, and both had pretty high yields.   The chickpeas, once large enough to dissuade the rabbit, also grew pretty trouble-free, and grow two to a pod in little fuzzy pods that look like they should be a cartoon character.
Being hulless varieties, they require minimal processing to separate the grains out.  The barley was picked about 2 days ago and has been drying, and only required a rub between the palms to free it.  The oats need to dry for another day or so, but will get the same treatment.  I am surprised the grains were so easy to grow, and will definitely be growing more next year, and may even contemplate growing a patch of wheat!