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.

Friday, October 16, 2009


harvest 2
harvest shell beans
thyme shell beans 3

This is my harvest from Thursday. The last of my cucumbers, broccoli, beans, a few onions, a small cabbage and big bunches of parsley, sage and thyme.

The broccoli looked nice, but wasn't good. It had frosted a bit and was mushy after cooking. I'll remember to pick this before temps go low next year.

The bright red beans are Tongue of Fire shell beans. I shelled a few to see how they look. Green beans are mostly Fortex. A few Purple beans too. I got tired of eating fresh green beans some time ago and left these on the vines. If we get around to eating them soon, we'll eat them as shell beans. Probably I'll let them all dry and use later. (They go great with kale soup in December!)

The bowl on the far right are Shungwang's Chinese pole beans. They aren't available commercially (as far as I can tell). I'm very happy to have successfully saved a bunch. I'll let these dry in the pods til I plant the seeds again next year. Its my favorite green bean for taste, crisp and lemony, and I'd like to make sure I keep a supply of these.



Blogger Dan said...

What an excellent fall harvest! The broccoli looks yummy. I picked a few side shoots the other day, looks like the last of it until next spring. Is it next spring yet...

October 17, 2009 1:36 AM


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