Mesquite Bean Pod Harvest!

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Mesquite Bean Harvest

The Tree of Life


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The mesquite tree next door recently just dropped most of its mesquite bean pods. I will take advantage of this event and gather all of the fallen mesquite bean pods to mulch them whole and apply as a top dress to mainly the cannabis plants and areas where there are earthworms that are hungry.

Macronutrient and Micronutrients in Mesquite Bean Pods

As I just mentioned, the earthworms will love the mulched mesquite bean pods! There is lots of fructose, minerals and protein in the mesquite bean pods and the earthworms will help the plants and microorganisms better utilize the micronutrients in the mesquite bean pods.

As far as micronutrients go, mesquite powder is an excellent source of potassium, with 100 grams of whole pod mesquite powder providing 29 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for this important mineral. Mesquite powder also provides 5.7 mg of iron, 253 mg of calcium, 69 mg of magnesium, and 2.7 mg of zinc per 100 grams.
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Fun Facts about Mesquite trees!

A little known fact about the mesquite tree is that it is a green legume, which means it helps to restore nitrogen levels in soil and provide an environment for life to happen in the desert.

They bear flowers that have five petals, then produce abundant large seed pods that serve as a nutritious food source for wildlife. Mesquites grow wide-spreading and deep-reaching root systems that host colonies of bacteria that can fix nitrogen, one of the minerals most important to plant germination and growth.
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All parts of the mesquite tree have been used by various Native American tribes all throughout history in the Americas. Even the root!

Southwestern Indians intelligently used all parts of the tree including the beans, bean pods, leaves, roots, trunk, limbs, bark, and gum…
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Hopefully, the plants and earthworms love this stuff. I'm expecting a nice fungal/mycelium bloom under the mulch I apply this to!

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Very cool that the Mesquite tree does all of that. It also is great for the BBQ!

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Darn, I thought you were going to show us how you use the mesquite beans to make food... 😀
I would imagine that the pods would make good mulch.

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Well now that you mention it, out of the two places I was homeless in the Las Vegas area in 2019 (when I stopped posting on steem) was a 20 acre land parcel across the street from Creech Airforce base. You know the drone base...
This property was sectioned off in two parcels. One part was Western Shoshone private property and the other half was a Temple of Sehkmut. But most importantly it is an oasis in the desert full of Mesquite trees. Lots do have mistletoe though.😢
I was there for only 2 months but learned a lot about mesquite beans and how to harvest. Not many pictures but some.
I even gave my friend who let me stay there in a tent my $500.00 Korean top of the line commercial blender just to blend the bean pods and seeds properly and efficiently. Also my mason jar air vacuum pumps so he could store and sell the bean powder.

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Would you like to know more? Or where to stop by and get some while in the area?

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