22 July 07

Its Alive!

On nearly every ship I have sailed on I have carried on a little tradition: I bring seeds from home and plant them as soon as I get aboard a ship. Usually they are beans, but this time I took some green lentils. After I found my cabin, scrubbed the head, cleaned the drawers and shelves then unpacked, organized my books on the book shelf I placed a dozen little lentils on a wet paper towel. Everyday now I have been watching them grow at a staggering pace; in just three days they had roots one inch long!. Yesterday I transferred them to dirt and today I am seeing little leaves gaining the strength to push fully through the dirt then roll back and uncurl tier tiny light green leaves.

Here is a picture of some beans I planted on my last ship locking through the Panama Canal:

My beans going through the Panama Canal