Lunchtime Harvest

Today’s lunchtime harvest: spinach, lettuces, arugula, basil, green beans (& purple ones), & a snake skin. There’s more left in the garden, but this is what I picked. The green beans will go in my freezer tonight, starting my second freezer bag full of green beans from this season. I’m stocking up for later months. I found the little snake skin on the ground near some beans and spinach. It looks to be from a grass snake. So, no worries. Maybe he’ll keep some of the critters away from my plants. My kids will enjoy seeing the snake skin. They’ll think it is really cool.

The Icy Hand! My Beans Hath Perished!

The air was only down to 40 degrees at my house last night. I thought my garden veggies were safe. Unbeknownst to me, just 15 miles to the northeast, a cold wind blew. At the family acres, home to the larger of my two garden plots, Winter made a visit.

On my lunch hour, I drove over to pick some greans. Initially, I wondered if the large recently active burn pile, full of tree branches and old unusable lumber, had burned too closely or too hotly, scorching or choking my two rows of green bean plants. They are nearest the burn pile. It was an immediate reaction. Then, a moment later, I realized that the damage was from the freeze that evidently occurred last night. The leaves and vines of my formerly prolific grean bean plants were wilted, discolored, and sad.

I paused and reflected on the cyclical nature of…well, nature! Far from being upset at the loss of my green bean plants, which had produced so easily and abundantly for me all Fall, I was joyous at having participated in the natural process of the seasons. The experience was as tasty as the beans had been. Besides, I have four large bags of assorted green beans in my freezer, and my lettuces are doing well still.

Here is a picture of the green bean plants, now on their way back to the soil.

green beans after the freeze

Here is the last green bean harvest of the season (and some dill). I picked the small beans too, since they had grown as much as they were going to grow.

last green bean harvest for Fall

Friday’s Harvest

More green beans today. They just keep on producing! I just throw them all together. It makes for a nice mix of flavors. Somewhere in this pile there are Blue Lake Pole Beans, Contender Bush Beans, Purple Pod Pole Beans, along with some others.

green (& purple) beans

Wednesday’s Harvest

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At lunch today, my mom came out to the garden and helped me pick green beans. Here is today’s harvest-some for her, some for my aunt (her neighbor), and some for me, the wife, and our kids.

Here are some previous harvests.

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Our Original Square Foot Garden

Here are some photos of our first garden, a small square foot garden in our backyard.

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bush beans

seed packets

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