Prolific volunteer

Crowder pea volunteerA couple months ago I noticed a bean plant volunteered to grow in this garden bed.  I’ve been watching in amazement as it has grown up, down and all around its environment.  The above photo hints at its spread.

110731 Crowder peaTurns out this is a crowder pea–for which I am grateful.  I love the easy growing (!) and the simple harvesting of the “peas.”  There are so many bean pods that I decided to start keeping track of just how much harvest I get from this one plant.  So far I have two cups worth of dried beans and the plant is continuing to grow and blossom.  Now that’s a fantastic “return on investment.”

110806 Crowder pea harvest

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