Left: our one surviving chickpea.

For some reason, the entire bed of chickpeas has failed to sprout. The rest of our feast garden is doing fine, all the little seedlings and sprouts are emerging and growing, but not the chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). The only little survivor is an escapee that had somehow migrated beyond the bird-repelling mesh spread over the bed...other plants are joyfully shooting up from the tomb of the chickpea: nasturtiums, purslane, various weeds.

Rats. We'd been planning to make a wondrous appetizer with them. Ryan will make one last chickpea-growing effort, in containers, and then we will call it a day.

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