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Pass on the ‘Lab-Lab’ Love

A seed stores so much love in itself. Love from the Creator, the Earth, the Sun and the grower.

It is the love within this tiny seed that connects us with the people who cultivated this land before us and inspires us to pass on the centuries-old love to the ones who will follow. To feel this mystic connection, all you need to do is save seeds and pass it on. 

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First batch of beans in November 2015

I am so fortunate to have friends who share their treasured heirloom seeds. Back in September 2014, our dear friend Maheen Zia gave me six Seim Phali or the Lablab seeds. I planted them in a 14 inch terracotta pot on my roof top garden. By the next month the plant was 1 feet tall. Soon I planted potatoes in the same pot too and both grew well. 

The vine kept producing pleasantly fragrant white flowers whose scent spread in the garden at night and they looked soothing during the day. Beans came in clusters and the production continued for months. I have never seen any bean with such a long growing season. From the first seed pods that dried on the vine, I replanted the Lablab beans. The second batch grew in to a beautiful vine but did not produce any fruit until the next season.  I continued to save seeds and re plant them for more than 2 years. 

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Stunning white flowers are turning into delicious beans. Feb 2017

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A cluster of beans growing outside my house. Feb 2017

One day some seeds got washed down the drain and landed into the little green area out side the house. Within weeks there were lush green vines loaded with flowers all over the fence, the ground and the wall. They also wrapped around the young Neem tree.

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Lady Bugs on the buds of the Lablab beans

These vines are now more than 7 months old, and they are still packed with scrumptious Lablab beans. Occasionally, aphids attack the flowers and the young fruit but we do not do intervene. Soon the ladybugs take charge and clean up the mess for us! Our neighbors are pretty happy about the free beans too!

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Now when I look at this lush green vine, I realize that it all started few years back from just six seeds. I can feel that love of the Creator, the Earth, the Sun and the grower that was passed on to me. Now I am looking for growers who are willing to sow these seeds with love and continue. Please get in touch <3

 

Happy Growing!

 

 

 

 

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Zahra Ali Husain is a sustainability educator, freelance writer and an environmentalist. She is also a co-founder of Organic City Pakistan and runs the Green Schools & the Horticulture Therapy programs along with Yasir Husain. Zahra also manages an organic farm.

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