Archives for Vegetables

Moving Right into August

Categories: Books, Crafty's Projects, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

  Another month has made it’s appearance.  The weather has been changeable – from hot and humid days, to wet and windy ones.  The garden either needs watering or it is water logged with rain! The beans did amazingly well and I’ve picked lots and lots.  We’ve had several dinners and I’ve frozen lots for the winter.  They came in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste. But no matter the colour or shape when they were chopped up and put in the steamer they all looked kind of similar.  The different varieties are labelled above if you
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Harvest Time

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

The harvesting of peas and beans is happening.  Actually the peas are just about finished but all the varieties of beans are just starting.  I planted several types of beans and peas this year so I could document the growth and compare them. The purple pole beans grew really well, tall, lots of purple blooms, and lots of long purple beans.  When trimmed, cut and steamed they ended up being green.  Darn, I was looking forward to purple beans on my plate. The yellow Gold Rush beans also grew really well with lots of white flowers and plenty of long
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Be Hap-pea with Monk Peas

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

Monk peas have a fascinating story with them and are classified as heirloom seeds.  Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, discovered the basic principles of heredity.  after extensive studies and used peas most of the time because the offspring could be quickly and easily produced.  These seeds grow into dwarf plants with pink and white flowers and are perfect for making pea soup.  They were planted on May 14, 2017 and by May 19 they were sprouting. The pretty pink and white flowers started to appear by mid June and the small pea pods developed as the flowers finished. On July 12, with the
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The Promise of Tasty Veggies

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

  The month of July has arrived.  June broke all rainfall records as it just kept raining and raining and in between we had a few lovely sunny and warm days.  We all know we shouldn’t over water our plants but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature!  We are on the verge of being water logged! On my last garden update I shared the different garden areas and this time I’m sharing the kitchen gardens on my plant tables.  I love popping out the back door and just off the deck to pick the fresh veggies.  The plants
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Five Varieties of Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

I’m trying different types of bean seeds this year in the garden and can’t wait to get started.  I acquired several varieties at the Seedy Saturdays I attended and while I’m waiting for planting time I’ve been doing some research and finding info on them. These are 5 different varieties for my garden, either pole beans or bush beans.  These were either purchased or came from the swap table. Heirloom Black Valentine Beans – This lovely green filet bean is known  for its sweet and “beany” taste. Mauve flowers grow on this bush variety. You can plant this in cool
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Hap-pea with Ap’pea’ling Varieties

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

After two visits to Seedy Saturdays I’m hap-pea that I’ve got five ap-pea-ling varieties of peas to grow.   Can you tell I love the play on words? I’ve got ‘purse’onality with my tote bags, ‘Soup’er Sunday recipes, personali’trees’ in my garden, 2sDay photos, craf-tea, and more. Today I’m starting a series of Be Hap-pea posts sharing different peas that I’ll be growing on the plant tables this year.  As the season progresses I will document how each of these peas grow. Tall peas – these come from a local seed source and will grow up a trellis and should be
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Dreaming on a Promise

Categories: Out and About, Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

March came in like a wet lion, with a fair bit of rain and wind and then the temperatures dropped about 20 odd degrees in one day, from +13 Celsius to -7 Celsius overnight.  Now they are slowly climbing back up again for a few more days. The snow has all gone except for the odd spot in the really shady areas of the fields.   On the days when the wind wasn’t so bad it was lovely to get out and walk around the garden and look for the promise of green growth. I found the rhubarb,  the ditch
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Rattlesnake Snap Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

A couple of years ago I tried a new variety of pole beans for my container garden.  These rattlesnake beans had an unusual name but they grew amazingly well. I purchase my rattlesnake bean seeds at Terra Edibles.  I’m lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive away from this store in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada but you can order online if you aren’t close by.  They carry a huge selection of veggies and flower seeds.  Rattlesnake bean seeds are light brown with brown markings. This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple
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