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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beans

Thanks to the toppling of the pole bean teepees and trellises, we didn't have quite the bumper crop of seeds this year. I did, however, manage to save a few handfuls of one of my favourite heirloom pole beans - Purple Podded Pole. I went out and found about 10 pods yesterday - you can tell the beans are ready to pick when the pods are dry, brown, and you can hear the beans inside when you gently shake the pods. After a quick shelling, we had about 75 bean seeds for next spring..

Happy Gardening!

5 comments:

  1. 75 beans is pretty good...and it is one of your favourite heirlooms!! Next year..750 seeds with no hurricane..okay!! Big Smile.

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  2. I am currently shelling beans from the scarlet runner pole pole beans.They are huge and I have a 2 liter ice cream container full so far with many more to go.I have never tasted them cooked,so I hope they are good to eat.I'm thinking using them as baked beans.If they taste bad,someone please tell me to stop.

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  3. Hey Pete - keep going, Scarlet Runners make good dried beans for cooking.. keep in mind though that while 1 cup of regular dried beans will make 2 cups of cooked beans, 1 cup of scarlet runners will make about 3 cups! soak them overnight and the cook.. enjoy!
    PS - how are the pumpkins?

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  4. I am down one pumpkin due to a split but it wasn't the big one.The big one I measured today is 1050 pounds and could be heavier than that since some have thicker walls than others. Sadly I haven't any means to get it out of the garden to get weighed,at least so far anyways,but maybe something will turn up. The pumkin that split is now rotting and you wouldn't believe it but some of the exposed rind has taken on a bright red color....some strange bacteria thing going on I've never seen before.Very odd. And oh yeah,the traffic has just been nuts with two people going in the ditch so far.Lonely? Grow a giant pumpkin.
    Surprisingly the local paper hasn't been around to take a picture.I think that might be a good thing.I'll try to send fresh pics if I can remember.Did any of the giant cabbage seeds I sent you make it to the end?

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  5. I sent you pics Niki...did you get them?

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