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6

Sep

2017

The problem with great expectations

Author: Jim Taylor

 Last spring, I planted some beans in my garden. I don't know how many, but around 100 beans. Exactly according to the instructions, three inches apart. Four of the beans came up. Just four.

            So, about two weeks later, I tried again. I planted another package of beans. About 90, this time. Two more beans came up. Just two.

            Total bean plants, six.

            But oh my, how those six beans grew.

            I estimate, in hindsight, that I harvested around 15 gallons of beans before I pulled those six plants up by the roots.

          Looking back, I'm grateful now that only six seeds germinated. We'd have been overrun if they had all grown. Perhaps those seeds knew better than I did how much growth to anticipate.

            Disturbing thought – are beans smarter than I am?


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