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.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

today's harvest

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My Chinese pole beans are ready! These are my favorite bean. Big and lumpy - a green and white color mix. They are crisp and tender even when they grow very big.

A friend gave me some seeds. I've grown them for three years now and have to make sure to save a handful of beans to plant next year.

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Blogger meemsnyc said...

Ooh, Chinese pole beans! I've never tried those before!

August 08, 2010 10:05 PM

Blogger Q said...

Those chinese bean poles book very yummy. I havne't tried those either. something to put on my list.

August 08, 2010 11:11 PM

Anonymous garden offices said...

I've also never tried Chinese pole beans! That is good that after 3 years, that seed has been grown and I think you would be very happy for that.

August 09, 2010 3:41 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Yummo. My, your produce is brilliant, our soil has been so dry. We had heavy rain Saturday evening but it may too little too late for some of our veggies this year. Have been eating squash and courgettes, summer cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce but no BEANS and they are my favourite. I wonder if I can get Chinese Pole Beans here. Enjoy your delicious harvest.
Marian (LondonUK)

August 09, 2010 9:11 AM

Blogger ~Holly~ said...

Excellent harvest!

August 09, 2010 1:39 PM

Blogger Elledive Zone 5 said...

How do you eat those beans? Are you shelling them or eating the pod as well? I'm somewhat new to gardening and when my beans get that plump i'm been throwing them in the compost because they seem so tough and stringy. Am I missing something?

August 10, 2010 4:24 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Any other bean I've tried is not edible this plump. These are delicious at any size. They are amazing. They are "string beans", so I remove the string and chop. Then I boil 4 minutes and they are yummy. Add butter salt and pepper. Or nice with a sauce: Chinese Spicy Green Beans - one of my favorite recipes, though I usually make more sauce than it says.

August 10, 2010 8:35 PM

Anonymous earlysnowdrop said...

Beautiful bounty. And nicely photographed as well.

August 12, 2010 12:12 PM

Anonymous Alexandra said...

Hi, Kathy. I love your garden, it's amazing!

August 20, 2010 3:02 PM


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