September Garden Harvest

Just a quick post to show you what I picked out of the vegetable garden today:

We’ve had glorious hot weather for a bit now, and everything is ripening rather nicely.  I’ve got pictured a bunch of bush and runner beans.  This year I grew ‘Royal Burgundy’ bush beans, which are lovely and prolific, as well as ‘Scarlet Emperor’ and ‘Violet Podded Stringless’ runner beans (excellent hummingbird flowers, and then you get the beans, too!).  I planted them as seed outdoors on June 21st, and I finally picked them today and froze several bags.  Very easy to do–after you clean and cut the tips off, you boil them for 3 minutes at a rolling boil, and then drain and rinse with cold water to stop the beans from cooking any further.  Put in zip lock bags, being careful to remove as much air from the bag as possible (I take a straw and suck the extra air out of the bag–be careful when you do this so you don’t get lightheaded), and then label and pop them in the freezer.  If you want to learn more about preserving foods, I highly recommend the Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving–a slim volume that gives clear instructions for safely canning and freezing just about anything you can imagine.  Also pictured are some ‘Harmonie’ pickling cukes, and a few ‘Green Slam’ slicing cukes.  Tomatoes are ‘Costoluto Genovese’, a ‘Gardeners’ Delight’ cherry tomato and the very first of the ‘Super San Marzano,’ which look like a larger Roma tomato.  Also the last handful of the ‘Oregon Sugar Pod II’ snow peas.  In the background of this picture is a yellow-cupped ‘Bill MacKenzie’ clematis, as well as some bright orange nasturtiums and a white fuschia.

I kept a small batch of the green beans out for dinner tonight.  Made a simple recipe that I got out of an old Bon Appetit magazine:  steam the beans, then rinse with cold water, drain and put in a large bowl.  Add a couple of chopped fresh tomatoes, some fresh basil, some feta to your taste, and then season with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Mix and enjoy as a salad–so easy and wonderful with homegrown produce.

Hope you are enjoying a great harvest this year from your own garden, or are taking advantage of all the wonderful produce at your farmers’ markets now.  What are you cooking with your fresh veggis–I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  And visit the Garden Party.


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10 Comments

  1. Diana said,

    September 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Those are some beautiful beans — pole beans used to be a “can’t fail” crop around here (Memphis), but ever since the summer of hurricane Katrina and all those other storms that followed the Mississippi north, the beans get some kind of blight and you’re lucky if you get enough for one meal! I read somewhere that they think some kind of fungus spores blew up north here from the Gulf and has taken “root” so to speak (along with the armadillos, which were completely unheard of here 20 years ago).

    I have had a bumper pepper crop: bells, banana peppers, jalapeños — which I just pop into freezer bags and into the freezer.

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      September 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Sorry to hear about the bean blight-I had no idea. And well done on the peppers–mine are abysmal–I have two peppers if I’m lucky total this entire year!

  2. Lexa said,

    September 7, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Isn’t it wonderful that we FINALLY have summer weather here..in September! What a wacky year it has been. The good news is, I think this hot spell is going to allow some garden crops to reach maturity that might not have made it before. Your bean harvest looks fabulous. Enjoy those fresh, home grown meals 🙂

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      September 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Yes, we are loving the sun, and enjoying harvest dinners now!

  3. Beth said,

    September 7, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Great harvest! The plants (if not the people) are sure enjoying this spell of HOT weather!

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      September 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Yes–I feel sorry for all the kids and teachers who waited out a cold summer only to have to return to school when the weather got nice. Glad it’s not me anymore!

  4. allysgrandma said,

    September 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Fried zucchini and a handful of blueberries in my morning yogurt!

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      September 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      I never would have thought to add zucchini to yogurt, but why not? You put cukes in yogurt to make tsadiki sauce, so I bet it would be tasty.

  5. allysgrandma said,

    September 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I need to try green beans next year!

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      September 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      I have been really surprised by them. Althought I learned that beans require hot weather to thrive, mine have been doing just fine the last two years of cold summers, and they are super easy to grow. Just prep your bed or containers with some compost and organic fertilizer, plant the seeds, water, and off they go!


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