Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Harvesting Blue Lake Beans
I left my garden for a few days to visit the grandchildren and when I returned things were jumping. The tomato plants have jumped 2 - 3 feet and lots of tomatoes are on the vines. Oh boy!
I'll be making a few loaves of zucchini bread this week-end out of today's harvest.
I picked my first Sugar Baby today. Since I'm a novice gardener, I guessed as to when it should be picked. I used the thumping method and checked the color of the melon to determine it was time to take this baby into the house and give it its place in the fridge. Supposedly, a sign of ripeness is when the melon turns a dark green and become somewhat dull looking. It was there. Another method was a hollow sound when you thump it. It sounded hollow to me or maybe the sound that I heard was my empty stomach growling and me thinking about consuming this Sugar Baby. Oh well, it's off the vine and I will be eating it real soon. I only have two melons so far. I hope I get a few more.
My Blue Lake bush beans produced a nice little harvest. The wax beans didn't do as well. I'm hoping the pole beans produce a good crop. I want to add a few gallons to the freezer. I do believe that I will do another planting of the bush beans just to be sure that I will have enough. I have an old wash tube that would be perfect for a new crop of beans. I'll put it to use this week-end. Need to get my beans into the fridge so they can stay fresh until I can get them blanched and into the freezer in the morning. How's your garden growing and what are you harvesting? Leave me a comment, I'll pay you a visit to see what's happening in your garden.