We have been growing a mystery vegetable in our garden all winter and spring. It’s beautiful, it was a climber, with tiny leaves and flowers and tendrils. And then it started bearing fruit, tiny pods. Were they peas? Nope. It turned out to be a lentil bush.
It’s exciting to finally work out what it is, but I also feel a little let down. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy in caring for this plant, and to harvest all the lentils from it will take even more time and energy. In the end I will probably nearly get enough lentils for one meal. It’s hasn’t turned out to be a particularly cost-efficient crop.
I’ve planted more seeds anyway, and they are already sprouting. Maybe I am a little foolish, but those leaves and flowers are so beautiful! I would love to grow them again. Maybe in a different part of the garden. This time I’ll save the vegetable patch for actual vegetables.