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9:00-10:00PM CT: Self-Reliant Living bySafe Harbor Alliance, hosted by Jim Phillips.

Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener

Beans: An Excellent Calorie and Protein Staple

To Quote Carol, “Dry beans, peas, lentils, and other grain legumes represent the richest source of protein we can find in the plant world. Legumes are also excellent sources of carbohydrates, so are good calorie as well as protein staples. Beans are also an excellent source of fiber.”

Many people will shy away from eating beans because of the unpleasant side effects. Carol suggests that the problem isn’t from eating beans. It is not eating beans for a long time and then suddenly eating a huge amount of beans that can lead to digestive upset. Our digestive systems adapt to bean eating. If we eat beans regularly, we don’t have the kind of digestive upset from beans as do those who eat them only occasionally.

An important bean growing technique you will want to learn from Carol is inter-planting pole beans with your corn to get benefits like: self erecting bean poles, reduced corn lodging and nitrogen fixing by the beans for nitrogen hungry corn.   There are specific details you’ll need to know to get maximum yield of both crops.

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, and has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival.  She teaches the need for sustainable “hard-times” gardens.