They grew well, although I should have put a string fence up early on to keep them from getting tangled and growing along the ground.
I wasn't sure when they would be ready for harvest. I left them to dry on the plant, but I kept waiting for the growing to stop before harvesting. I waited too long and ended up losing quite a lot in the garden as the dry pods shattered.
I've since learned that lentils are indeterminate - they'll keep growing and flowering as long as conditions are suitable. So while the bottom lentils were dry and ready to harvest, the top kept flowering. Next time, I won't be fooled by the top flowers!
I say next time, but I'm not really sure I"ll grow them again. It took an awful lot of work to separate the lentils from the dry bits. I tried the good old pouring from a height and letting the wind pick up the dry bits, but the lentils were too light and I would have lost too many. I didn't try sorting with water, because I didn't want to have to dry the lentils afterwards. I basically went through them by hand.
For all my hard work, I saved a small fraction of one bag of lentils from the grocery store. I love how growing your own puts things into perspective! (Although I'm sure lentil farmers are much more efficient than I was.)
Anybody have a growing-something-different story to share?
|Whatever will I do with all my lentils*?|