What do egg hunts have to do with beans?

 

A lot if you hold a garden egg hunt.  Yesterday, April 12, kids hunted for eggs around Heritage park and found seeds hidden in some of them (and candy too!, of course).  One of the main seeds they found were Petaluma Gold Rush beans.  A variety that Soil&Water has been asked to grow for the Silicon Valley Grows seed bank.  
Silicon Valley Grows has an annual project where gardeners in the community all grow the same seed.  The 2018 project is the Petaluma Gold Rush bean and we are excited to participate in growing some this season.  We'll get to try them out and save seeds for the seed bank.  In fact, they may be available next year through the Mountain View public library's free seed library.  If you don't know about this great resource, the public library has a seed library where you can go and take seeds for your personal use for free.  
 

This is what the beans look like: photo borrowed from Seed to Table blog

This is what the beans look like: photo borrowed from Seed to Table blog

The kids planted gold rush beans, asian long beans, sunflowers and are experimenting with direct seeding some melons this early in the season.  

The kids planted gold rush beans, asian long beans, sunflowers and are experimenting with direct seeding some melons this early in the season.