One of my gardening goals has been to provide more of our own protein and iron, so this year I tried growing lentils. I haven’t heard of anyone in Portland growing them but they like cool, wet weather so I wanted to give them a try. Plus they improve the soil by fixing nitrogen and providing good compost material.

I ordered the seeds from Bountiful Gardens and planted them in three locations with varying amounts of sun and irrigation. The 3 foot row that did best was watered the most often, 2-3 times per week during warm weather, and produced about a cup of lentils. They were a little fussy to thresh but perhaps there is an easier method than picking the lentils off the dried vines.

I saved seed to plant next year and the rest will be part of our Solstice feast in a few weeks.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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