All winter long I made grand bean-growing plans. Come spring, I was going to have an abundance of fresh tender green pods. After looking over my seed stash, I made my choices. My planting list both bush and pole flat Romano beans as well as pole yard-long beans .
Beans generally have one of two types of growing habits: bush or pole. Bush beans grow with a bushy habit, usually no more than 2 ft tall. Bush beans will occasionally send out tendrils, but don’t need the support of a trellis. Pole beans, on the other hand, can easily grow to 6 to 8 ft tall- even more if growing conditions are optimal. Pole beans feature lots of vining tendrils that will grab whatever support it can find to help it climb.
In late winter I erected a cattle panel trellis for the pole beans. I prepared the soil at the foot of the trellis for planting. Soon it was warm enough for bean germination. I planted pole Romano beans on one side of the trellis and pole yard-long beans on the other side. And then I waited. Nothing. In the meantime I planted bush Romano beans. The bush beans germinated and popped through the soil. Pole beans, nothing. After amending the soil a second time, I replanted another set of both pole beans, thinking perhaps I had used seed that was too old. I waited, and again nothing. I planted one side a third time with pole Romano beans. Still nothing. Strange! Meanwhile the bush Romano beans grew quickly, began to flower and produce beans.
I planted a fourth packet of beans on one side of the trellis, this time a packet of traditional green beans- Blue Lake pole beans. On the other side, I planted an old packet of cucumbers. For fun, I threw out a few nasturtium seeds. Amazingly, everything in the 4th planting germinated!
In a few weeks my trellis will be filled with a wild mix of edible flowers, cucumbers and beans. I think I will like this crazy mix even more than what I originally had planned. What if I had given up after the first packet of seeds did not come up?
I wanted something to grow on my DIY trellis so badly that I just kept planting and planting until I achieved success. I just kept going.
This experience with pole beans has given me much food for spiritual thought. I need to have this same determination in my walk with Christ and my witness for Him. My quest for a Christ-like character can’t stop at the first sign of discouragement. I must keep going, keep trying, keep persevering! I need to keep planting seeds of His Love everywhere I go. Amending the soil of hardened hearts in those I encounter with kindness and unselfish service. This is not the time to quit. Keep planting!
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”