Harvest Time

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.

October pole beans at craftygardener.ca

The yellow Gold Rush beans also grew really well with lots of white flowers and plenty of long yellow beans.

hello gold rush beans at craftygardener.ca

The Railway Creek tall peas and the Alaska peas outdid themselves this year, possibly due to the cooler and really wet spring.

Alaska peas growing at craftygardener.ca

They outgrew the bamboo teepees and toppled over.growing tall peas at craftygardener.ca

I’ve picked lots and lots of peas and beans and froze a lot of them for the winter months. I steam them slightly, blanch quickly and package in serving size bags.  They taste so delicious in the winter months as a side serving or in soups and stews.  Do you freeze up your garden harvest?  I also buy a lot of fresh picked ones from the farm to make sure I have enough to do all winter.  They sure taste better than the frozen ones purchased at the store.

freezing serving sized portions of peas and beans at craftygardener.ca

In my search for the perfect plant marker I’ve been trying a different idea this year.  I put the empty package into a plastic bag, sealed it tight and used a clothes pin to fasten it to the trellis.  This method has worked really well this year and I would certainly use it again. I was worried the moisture from all the rain would get inside the bag or the heat from the sun would create condensation but except for a tiny bit they stayed dry.   So far over the years the best plant markers are made with a dymo machine and metal markers.

plant markers at craftygardener.ca

So far the harvest has been wonderful.  I’m also picking tomatoes and lettuce to add to sandwiches and burgers.  Nothing tastes as good as home grown.

Other varieties of beans are also being harvested – pencil pod, painted pony, wild goose, and rattlesnake.  I’ll share more about them in another post.

Happy gardening and healthy eating.

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The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Growing well: red carpet stonecrop,  ligularia, ferns, sedum,  mint, garlic chives, sorrel, clematis,  rose of sharon, Jerusalem artichoke, canna,  yucca root,

Promising harvest: potatoes,

Harvest: peas, tomatoes, lettuce, Egyptian walking onions, beans

Blooming:  meadow sage, coral bells, yellow loosestrife, potentilla, yellow daylilies, hosta,  lady’s mantle, daylilies,  wegelia, drumstick allium,   Egyptian walking onions, rose campion, coreopsis, heliopsis, lavender, Stella d’oro daylilies, yucca, ditch lilies, echinacea, false spirea, obedient plant,

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7 Responses

  1. Lorrie

    I like to freeze green beans for the winter, too. They are so good in soups. Our peas are finished and have been pulled up. I harvested the first zucchini this morning. Things are slower in our garden than in other years – we’ve not had exceptionally warm temperatures and the season began with a very cool spring. I’m always looking for the best way to mark the garden, too. Your ideas look great.

  2. Linda

    I have millions of tomatoes here at home….my daughter gave me a HUGE planter of different Burpee plants….
    The cottage….not so much….but I have had 2 meals of green beans and lots of green onions.
    You certainly put a lot of thought and hard work into your gardens 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    Linda :o)

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      The little cherry tomatoes are coming fast and furious now, and so delicious picked right off the vine. Just picked a lot more green and yellow beans for dinner and freezer.

  3. Myrtle

    Tis a great time of year, freah vegetables galore and and all kinds of fresh fruit. One can eat very healthy during the summer & fall season.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      That’s for sure Myrt. I love all the variety of fruit and veg at the farm stands and markets. It’s not a bad day, a bit on the cool side to start, but lovely for working snd sitting outside. Enjoy your visit.

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