Remember how excited I was to grow Edamame? Remember that picture I had that showed all the little pods growing so beautifully? Fail!  Again. Below, is a breakdown of this tragedy forever to be known as ‘What the hell, Jenn? They’re just beans for chrissakes. You can’t grow a freeking bean? Jack just threw some seeds out of his pocket and he did just fine. You stink. Can’t grow a freeking bean. Jeez.” (Maybe I will work on the title of this tragic tale a little bit more. It’s a work on progress.) 
  
April: Plant Edamame seeds in starter packs in the basement.
April: Squeal in excitement as Edamame seedlings emerge.
April:  Dump out the dried soil with dead Edamame seedlings. Vow to water.
April:  Plant Edamame seeds in starter packs in the basement.
April: Water
April: Water
April: Squeal in excitement as Edamame seedlings emerge.
April: Water
May: Dump out soggy soil with dead Edamame seedlings due to too much water.
May: Purchase seedling heat mat to aid in germination.
May:  Plant Edamame seeds in starter packs in the basement.
May: Water
May: Squeal in excitement as Edamame seedlings emerge.
May: Water, but not too much.
May: Move Edamame seedlings into the greenhouse. Cover lovingly with a blanket on cold nights.
May: Water
May: Move Edamame inside on super cold nights and back into greenhouse in the mornings.
May: Carefully transplant Edamame seedlings into a place of honor in the Chef’s Garden.
June: Water
June: Check
June: Prepare frozen, pre-packaged Edamame for best friends, bragging about how one is growing a whole crop of organic Edamame just feet away in the garden and vow to share the first harvest.
July: Water
July: Check
July: Squeal in excitement as Edamame flowers emerge.
July: Squeal in excitement as Edamame pods emerge.
July: Brag about Edamame on blog.
July: Brag about Edamame at DJ.
August: Water
August: Check
August: Water
August: Check
August: Have family come to visit for a weekend. Don’t check.
August: Think, ‘Probably time to harvest.” Check.
August:  Edamame are all brown. And hard.
August: Rip Edamame out of the ground, bring all pods into the house, wash.  
August: Let Edamame sit on the counter for a day. I don’t know why. I think I was afraid to find out what I already knew.
August: Bite. Edamame have all gone to seed. None are edible.
August: Dump all Edamame pods and seeds. Don’t bother saving seeds for next year.  

The irony of planting seeds in order to just get more seeds is not lost on me. That doesn’t make it sting any less. Lesson learned? Unsure if I’ve learned a lesson. I’m just pissed.

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