This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Shunguang's beans

Chinese beans

Seeds for these beans were given to me last year. They are unusual pole beans with a lumpy shape, green and white color, and unusually crisp lemony flavor. I don't think they are the same as the Yard Long beans I've seen around, which usually aren't lumpy and white. I'm very pleased these were shared with me.

This is my first bean harvest this year. I think my pods aren't as long as the pods Shunguang grew last year. I'm growing them next to my house where its a bit shady. My crop is late because of the cool weather, slugs, clouds, etc....

I've book marked this recipe that Daphne suggested. I'm looking forward to trying it soon.

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Anonymous Taylor said...

These are so pretty! They almost look airbrushed!

August 12, 2009 2:10 PM

Blogger Daphne said...

They look really pretty. Do the beans have a name?

August 12, 2009 3:34 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I asked Shunguang that and he said they have no name. Just beans from a friend. I call them Shunguang's beans. (I think I'll change my post title from Chinese beans to this name.)

I'm looking forward to saving seeds myself this year.

Maybe I could trade these for a variety I am looking for - like red flowered fava beans, or Late Blight resistant Brandywines.

August 12, 2009 10:06 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Those beans do look very interesting and the recipe looks good too. Asian veggies are so interesting.

I forgot to add the melons to my flickr question. How are they doing, did the remaining plant make it? I finally have a couple female blooms just closing. I sent the melon seeds to Granny as well and they have done very well in her hot/dry climate. She has a photo up of two beauties at the following link:

August 12, 2009 11:05 PM

Blogger kathy said...


My melons haven;t done much. :( I may be about like you. Probably some fruits just setting now. The single Charentais has done almost as well as my watermelons and better than my Crane and Anne Arundale's melons. But none are doing much. I noticed a small watermelon forming last week.

I'll remember to check on the melons soon. Everything is a bit hard to find in my plot now since the squashes and pumpkins have taken over.

August 13, 2009 6:30 PM

Anonymous Dawnie (CT) said...

I had to pull all of my beans!! GRRR! They were infested with little, yellow, furry BUGS. Ate the leaves transparent. SO, I REsown a few more beans (Topcrop & Kentucky Wonder Pole). NOW...I'm getting beatles!! They are light brown with black spots. The beans are about 2 or so inches tall. HELP!! How do I get rid of the beatles??? And what if those little yellow bugs come there a way to get rid of them too? I prefer homemade, organic repelents. Anybody have suggestions??

August 18, 2009 2:35 PM


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