Royal Burgundy Bush Beans, First Harvest, Plus Reusing Water

Well worth the short wait! About 1-1/2 months after planting seeds in my raised row bed gardens, I have harvested some royal burgundy bush beans. I have several plants in various stages of maturity so will be enjoying delicious beans for the rest of the summer. There are already several beans that are still too young and will benefit from the extra time. The plants have been producing enough that I will be able to harvest a little each week.

How does the topic of reusing water or water conservation figure into this? I washed my beans in the kitchen sink, in preparation for cookinIMG_3264g them. It occurred to me that if I scooped out the used water and refill and empty gallon-sized bottle, I can then reuse the water for…my royal burgundy bush bean plants! I was a bit surprised that the bottle was nearly full. That’s one gallon of water! If you wash your produce in a large bowl or bucket, you can save the extra step of scooping out water from your sink.

Thinking about how many times I have washed my fruits and vegetables in this way and have the water go down the drain, I am now going to save up the used water and reuse it/return it to my food garden as often as possible.

Although this will not make a huge dent in my water bill, it does make me mindful of making the best use of water and seek out similar opportunities to help my garden be efficient and green as possible!

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