Monday, May 26, 2014

How a Bean Plant Nearly Killed Me

I only remember having a family garden for one summer when I was a kid; we dug up one third of our front yard and planted all sorts of things. Later, I had a very small vegetable garden and then a flower garden, but they were never as magical as that first year.

That was the year that my sister brought home a bean seedling from school. We stuck it in our garden, and it proceeded to take over everything.  The bean was planted on one end and--in just a few weeks--I could sit under the shade of it's massive leaves on the other, and snack on sugar snap peas.

It turned our neat orderly rows into a magical jungle. Or at least, it seemed that way to the very tiny younger version of myself.

I don't know if you know this, but beans have fuzzy leaves. In fact, they would stick like Velcro to a couple of my shirts

I remember one time I was out playing in the garden when  I got up to leave, and discovered that I couldn't.  I had unknowingly brushed my back against one of the giant leaves and it had snagged on my shirt. 

I tried not to panic.

When leaves had stuck to my shirt before, I had  just peeled them off. I tried to reach my back to free myself, except that I could only sort of claw at it.  

I took a running start but was whipped backwards when I reached the end of my leash.

I knew I could shout for help if needed, but I felt determined to get free by myself. None of my siblings would have been trapped by some stupid plant, so I wasn't going to be stuck there either. 

I ran for it again,  the vine snagged at me, but then the leaf snapped off of the vine and I was free. Except that the giant leaf was still stuck to my shirt

Stupid plant.

This is the first year that I have grown beans since then. I touched the fuzzy leaves, and for the first time in a long time remembered the magic of the jungle garden, and the giant bean plant with the leaves that sometimes stuck like Velcro.

It feels like I'm really gardening now. 


  1. This is hilarious! I love it! I'm pretty sure this should end up in a movie or book at some point. :) I'm glad you got away!

  2. So very Myka. Fun story. So glad you can write report and entertain.