I put the Redbud seeds in soil to sprout. Although most sources only mention eating the flowers, I eat the green pods and dried seeds.
This beautiful bloomer has just enough shade to grow lovely flowers underneath in the fierce Texas sun. Does it fix nitrogen? I have seen claims from both sides. The heart shaped leaves are attractive all summer and make good mulch in the garden beneath. The mulch quickly decomposes to enrich the soil.
I like trees that produce food. Their deep root systems and generous supply of compost make them easy to grow and a substantial gift of food to the larder provides health all winter long. Again, I appreciate the edible beans provided by bean family (Fabaceae) trees. So much easier than annuals.
A lucky addition to my food forest, since my chickens will also appreciate the dried seeds. Perhaps I will plant a Redbud seedling to shade their run and provide food… I keep adding to my circular economy, and like seeing the new plants fill empty spaces. I noticed how well my prickly pear pads are filling in and looking for many tunas next fall. My asparagus should be ready for eating next year. I should have a few apples, blackberries, and raspberries.
Each year gets richer. I want honeybees… if any are available. I have a rich variety of nectar now. I promise I won’t stress them with moving, toxins, etc. but I will steal a bit of honey!
My mustard plant seeds are drying nicely, too. I look forward to spicier meals all winter.
Started lentil sprouts today. A bit of water in a jar and drop in the seeds. I should have sprouts in three days. They are wonderfully nutricious for me and my chickens. I will add a jar every day until they sprout and each one cup jar has about 1/4 cup of lentils.
Life is good in a circular economy.