So, maybe beans weren’t such a good idea after all. Some kind of insect at some stage of its life is eating leaf buds out of the plants before they come out of the ground. For the plants which survive the bug, there is a baby rabbit waiting. It is small and big-brown-eyed and twitchy-black-nosed and voracious. What is more, it is in town and out of season.
Update: Well, a neighbour’s dog got the rabbit. We planted more bean seeds. This time, I had put them between two sheets of wet warm paper towel in a Ziploc bag and placed them in the sun for a day. We shall see how that helps germination (or doesn’t).