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 yellow beans.
The Railway Creek tall peas and the Alaska peas outdid themselves this year, possibly due to the cooler and really wet spring.
They outgrew the bamboo teepees and toppled over.
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.
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.
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.
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
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,