Tuesday, October 1, 2013

From Petulant Teenagers to Productive Garden Citizens

Green Beans
Productive Garden Citizens
Remember the petulant green beans that whined and complained about the privileged, special space afforded the newly-planted artichoke plants

Well, like all teenagers, they grew up. 

A 16-Pound Harvest!

We started harvesting green beans last week - a pound here and a pound there.  Yesterday we set a record by harvesting a whopping 16 pounds of tender, nutty flavored, stringless green beans!

I'm so relieved.  I did not like the stringy beans we were getting from the Kentucky Wonder pole beans.  The strings on these beans were so tough that, despite trying to string them before cooking, the odd string I missed would choke me while eating them.

Garden Beans
Picked, Blanched and Frozen
So, I scoured the seed box, found a left over packet of Royal Burgandy bush beans, and quickly planted the whole packet hoping we would get a large crop of beans before October's first frost.  We were lucky.  The beans came up and bore well.  Funny thing though - they were not purple.  Hmm.  The packet must have been mismarked. 

I wish I could identify their variety so I could plant them again next season.  Oh well, they are delicious and, once frozen, should supply us with enough beans to last until next summer.

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