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OOdles of Beans

Last year the String Beans didn’t come up very well. I pickled some of them. I liked the pickles so much that I decided I would not be short-handed in 2012! I planted a whole 45′ row this spring. The odd one didn’t come up again, but I have been blessed with an abundance this year.

I’m having second thoughts  about what to do with all these beans. This is the way it goes with me…lots is a problem, but not nearly as much of one as having too little. I hate to see things waste.


Pickled beans, carrots and zucchini

I’m freezing some, canning some, and making pickles. I blendered some up and put it into today’s soup.


Canned yellow and green beans

I used up all 3 shopping bags of them. What will I do for an encore?


Bags of String Beans. Background: Lettuce in the flower beds.













On my knees, picking yellow string beans

Some of these plants had up to 50 mature sized beans each. I leave 2-4  of the biggest beans on the plant to ripen for seed.   



There will be about 3 more pickings like this…oh golly…I’ve over-done it!


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8 Responses to “OOdles of Beans”

  1. Naomi says:

    Too bad you didn’t live close to a food bank. That’s where my produce goes when I have too much. Usually that isn’t the case, though. I rarely have enough.
    I talked to my mom today and she said she was not sure if her beans would even be ready before frost. Mine aren’t doing so well either, but I have lots in my freezer.
    This reminds me of a concept I’ve been practicing for as long as I have been gardening: I have never had a lot of space to do my gardening, so I have had to find several small plots around my area to do my planting. The bonus is that if something doesn’t fair well in one garden, it may do well in another. It’s worked well for me over the years.
    Trade/barter/share are great ways to use up extras, but that only works if you have close neighbours.
    Your garden is amazing!

    • sherry says:

      I wish I could just fax them to someone that needs them. The hardest part is that I usually don’t have what it takes to pick and preserve things in order to give them away. If someone wanted to pick them – that would work. Even when I take extra lettuce to town I still have to pick them, semi-clean them, and put them into containers that will keep them moist and cool. It’s a labour of love, but I only have so much energy to put into that before I faint. It’s been a good year for the vegetables, but the strawberries were mediocre and the raspberries were a disaster – there weren’t many for the amount of space and compared to previous years…that’s life.

  2. Naomi says:

    I find I have the same problem with giving people produce. It has to be presentable like you would find it in the store. I just don’t have enough time or energy to get it all done.

    • sherry says:

      That’s it exactly. I need to grow more than I need to make sure I have enough and when I have too much I need to relax and let it spoil if nothing simple comes to mind. I need to repeat this over and over to myself.

      • Naomi says:

        Repeat over and over, “It makes good compost…It makes good compost…”
        It makes good chicken food, too. That’s always an option, I guess.
        If I liked pigs at all, I’d suggest feeding it all to the pigs.
        Today, I weeded our garden. It’s part of the ward garden plot at the bishop’s house. I pulled 7 wheelbarrow loads of weeds out. It was getting a little overrun. I thought it would be really handy to have pigs because they would love the portulaca weed. I bet chickens would too.

        • sherry says:

          I’ve heard that chickens are good weeders once the plants get up a bit higher. It’s a bit resky to try, but I might if I had a fence around the garden so the coyotes didn’t have the beneifit of a free chicken lunch. sounds like you got your exercise. doesn’t it make you wonder why we wait for the weeds to get that big before we take them out?

          • Naomi says:

            If you had a moveable pen, you might be able to put a few chickens on your bigger trouble spots on your garden. I wish pigs were a good idea for gardens. The would be fantastic for getting thistle out.
            Every year I ponder the same question: Why do I not just get every weed at the beginning of the year? Why do I wait until they are flowering and seeding? I guess it boils down to having enough time and wanting to spend it in the garden. Maybe I justify that this year will not be like last year and the weeds don’t really get that big or go to seed.
            It’s beyond me why it happens. I know better.


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