Hubby was outside the other day and came in saying that he thought we have the best garden that we’ve every had. I’d have to agree…we likely do. Initially I didn’t think we’d have the best garden. Being it’s our first year with the garden here I figured the soil wouldn’t be the best…but then again, Hubby covered it in manure last fall and again this spring. He also tilled it quite regularly for a bit to really get the soil in condition.
Here’s a peak at my beans. I have a row or yellow beans to the left. I always plant a row of yellow. They seem to come up better for me and typically I get yellow beans before the green. The row on the right is green beans. The climbing beans on the poles, those are a heritage variety that Kayla gave me.
She had some in her garden last year. She got the seeds from Seed Savers in Decorah. She grew the beans then saved seeds over the winter and gave some to me. They make a really long purple bean. I really like them and plan to save seeds from my plants this fall and grow them next year.
They get a really pretty pink flower on them as blossoms…then the pretty purple beans.
Funny this is, when these beans are cooked, they look like this…Well not exactly like this…as there are purple beans (which turn a dark green once cooked) and yellow beans together in the pot.
I think it’s so unusual that the purple beans turn green after cooking.
I have to admit…I am a little bit tempted to try other seeds that I can save over from year to year….does anyone else do that and do you have any tips? I’d love to know a little bit more about it.