Them’s some powerful beans

Apparently Steven’s comment was right—there are many more beans to come. I harvested another handful this week, and they are destined for some good eatin’, although I have not yet cooked them. I’m a little overloaded with vegetables, still, and have hit that point in the season where I’m a tired of dealing with them.
Fall beans
Of course, that means I feel guilty about not dealing with them, because come February I’m going to be craving them, and I know that now, but I’m just weary of harvest.

Weary, and kicking myself for even saying that. Ah, the dichotomous life I lead.

When I saw the flowers on the bean plants a few weeks back, I figured I might get five or six more beans, but I harvested a solid handful—plenty for one—and left some on the plants for a future meal.

The plants themselves? They’re so bedraggled they barely even resemble their original selves. But they’re still producing like champs. Go figure.

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11 Responses to “Them’s some powerful beans”


  1. 1 Katiez September 26, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Mine are the same. I got 2 big handfuls off the flat Italian bean plants last night and have to go down and pick the other beans today. They quit producing for about 3 weeks so I had a bit of a break. Now they’re yellow and flowering – yeah, go figure!

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener September 26, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Katiez, it’s bizarre — I would have never thought mine would be producing so long this year. I definitely need to plant more next year — although the plants really do look awful after awhile.

  3. 3 Lydia September 26, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Genie, I rejoice every time you report on your harvest! Some day I will plant a vegetable garden, and by then you will be an expert and I’ll be turning to you for advice. You’ll say, “oh, don’t worry about those yellowed old bean plants. They’ll still give you beans!”

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener September 26, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Lydia, I’m still surprised when people ask me for advice, even if occasionally I know the answer!

  5. 5 Heather September 26, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Genie, did yours drop all of their lower leaves like mine? I have new growth, though on a much smaller scale, and the top leaves have stuck around and are giving me beans like champs.

  6. 6 nikkipolani September 26, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Nice handful there! How much space do your bean plants take up?

  7. 7 cvanderlinden September 26, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Isn’t it crazy? My bean plants look like absolute crap, but I’m still getting a few good handfuls of beans every week. I’ve started blanching and freezing them, because my family refuses to eat another green bean anytime soon :-)

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener September 26, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Heather, mine just turned all yellow and gross, and the leaves are full of holes. I have a couple of plants that look wholeheartedly dead, but are still producing — it’s bizarre!

    Nikkipolani, I have about six plants, and they’re pretty low — maybe 1.5 feet high — and take up about three square feet of room? I’m totally guessing on that space, by the way…I have a terrible sense of spatial relations.

    Cvanderlinden, I kind of wish I was getting enough to blanch and freeze — that would be great!

  9. 9 Curtis September 26, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Good handful of beans there. Before we know it, we will stuck inside with the heater on.

  10. 10 Don September 27, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    One more vote for black swallowtail; they are fairly common about here but quite cool, and worth coddling… love parsley, fennel, and dill.

  11. 11 inadvertentgardener October 1, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Curtis, don’t remind me…

    Don, thanks for that vote! You’re such a source of solid info for Iowa City-area gardening — it’s much appreciated!


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