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, September 16, 2009

stir fried green beans


I'm growing four types of green beans this year:

- Shunguang's long Chinese pole beans (the best)
- Fortex pole beans (very nice)
- Provider green bush beans
- Royal Burgundy bush beans

They are growing in next to my house in reduced sunlight (about 11-3pm). They do well here and are always ready for a quick vegetable dish. I've been letting some of the pods mature on the vines recently. I'll harvest these later and let then dry for seed for next year. I'm thinking I'll skip the two bush bean varieties next year and only grow the pole beans. They taste much better to me.

green beans in the wok stir fried green beans

This is a quick and easy vegetable dish. I added my garlic and Thai hot peppers. It is delicious served over rice with some roast duck on the side. Also nice with pork fried rice.

1 Tbs peanut oil
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (optional)
1 large clove minced garlic
1 minced Thai hot pepper (use the seeds too)
1/2 lb fresh green beans

To wok, add all of the above. Stir fry for 3 minutes ('til the beans just start to brown).

2 Tbs dry sherry or vermouth
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 tsp cornstarch combined with 2 Tbs cold water

Add all of these to wok with the beans. Stir fry until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Serve over rice.

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Blogger Chiot's Run said...

I find beans to be one of the things I can grow here as well, since I too have a reduced sun garden. I planted a late crop of beans (my garden space was taken up by garlic) in July. They're just starting to produce. I'm planning on covering them with row covers to extend the harvest into Nov. I bought some beans at the farmer's market the weekend before thanksgiving last year by from local farmers that did this.

September 16, 2009 10:31 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Good idea. That's a good reason to grow bush rather than pole beans late.

September 16, 2009 11:38 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

Delicious! You can't go wrong with garlic and hot peppers...

September 16, 2009 12:43 PM

Blogger Salix said...

That sounds so deliciuos - I'm going to try it tonight.
I also grow pole beans - for the first time - this year and love them. I grow Lazy Housewife's bean and Cherokee trail of tears and like you, I'll try to dry some seeds for next year.

September 16, 2009 2:26 PM

Anonymous Affordable homes said...

Next week is the birthday of my mom... why not try it to myself and see if I am a good cook ^_^

September 17, 2009 8:24 AM

Blogger Tina said...

Sounds great!
My beans were a great success (still are)! One variety isn’t as good as the others but we’ll know that for next year. The bush beens stayed tiny with only a few blossoms/beans on them, so I’ve thought I might skip them also next year. We lovelovelove fresh green beans, the smaller the better.

September 18, 2009 10:14 AM


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