Sunday, July 20, 2008

Harvesting Bush Beans

Behold the first beans I've ever grown in my life!  These are bush beans, one of the 2 new things I'm trying for the Growing Challenge.2008_0720image0002

You may remember that I mistakenly started these indoors in a coconut fiber pellet way too early and they quickly got out of hand and had to be transplanted to the compost bin.  It was definitely a failure but not without a lesson learned.  I finally understand Jack and the Beanstalk

After that, I waited a while then poked a few beans down in the dirt in my raised veggie beds and since then I've basically been ignoring them.  These things were so easy to grow and I definitely recommend them for any new gardeners.  Just like the name says, they grow on a bush-like plant.  They were really easy to harvest and produced a lot of beans.  2008_0716image0045 Here's what they look like still on the plant. 

One strange thing, they are sort of fuzzy.  The beans I mean.  This has got me wondering if these beans will taste good or if, God forbid, there is something I'm supposed to do to get the fuzz off the beans before I cook them.  I've got some research to do! 

You can read all about my green bean endeavors here

So, what's your favorite way to cook fresh bush beans, readers?

5 comments:

  1. Just wash the beans off and the fuzz will disappear. I also eat them straight off the plant, in the garden, raw. Quite tasty.

    I like to cook mine with some onions, sometimes with red potatoes.

    Enjoy your harvest, you've earned it.

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  2. I agree, the fuzz is weird. But it does go away with washing.

    We saute ours with onion and garlic. We have so many green beans that I am considering freezing them. I like green beans, but maybe not for brakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Friends have recommended pickling them, but I don't think I'm up to that yet.

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  3. Good job on the beans. They are so robust, however, that there is no need to start them indoors. In fact, I have found stray beans growing in the lawn where I dropped them one time!

    Robin
    Gardening Examiner

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  4. mine were kinda fuzzy too... i dunno what that is but it didn't seem to be too much of a problem.. just washed them off. I agree.. beans were SO easy! I still have some baby beans on my plant so I'm hoping to get another harvest out of them pretty soon.

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  5. My beans seem to be struggling. Yours look great.

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