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Harvesting Fall Beans

October 1st, 2009

I’m starting to harvest those beans that I started back in August.
It seems that I’ve protected them well enough from the groundhogs & deer (knock on wood of course, my luck I’ll go out later today and they’ll all be gone). I’m hoping with some protection from the cold and perhaps some cooperation from mother nature I’ll be eating fresh green beans for a month or so. Although since we had our first frost advisory last night, which is 2 weeks earlier than usual, I may not be eating fresh beans all that long.
Last year I didn’t have many veggies besides lettuce at this time. This year I didn’t get my lettuce started until last week, so I’m really happy to have these beans!

What fresh veggies are you enjoying from your garden right now?

22 Comments to “Harvesting Fall Beans”
  1. Mike on October 1, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Those fresh beans look really good, ours are long since done in. Right now we are enjoying fresh eggplants, we just picked the last ones before frost could get to them. Good job on the late bean planting, I will have to keep that in mind for next seasons garden.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Morelle de Balbis =-.

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  2. KitsapFG on October 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Good work on getting a second crop of green beans successfully launched. My fall beans are pole beans that keep going until the frosts take them out. We have lots of other items we are harvesting though, as we four season harvest garden. Here’s what is available for harvest at this moment; pole beans, carrots, celery, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, red mini bell peppers (in the greenhouse), jalepeno peppers (in the greeenhouse), cabbages (three kinds), kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, parsnips, and the last of the fall straggler blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, & raspberries,

    We supplement the fresh harvests during the fall and winter with preserved items from the summer garden.

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    • Susy on October 1, 2009 at 8:45 am

      I hope to someday be able to grow more fall/winter items like you. It should be more likely when I have some more garden area up front where it gets more sun.

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  3. kristin @ going country on October 1, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The green beans we planted in May are still producing, which is kind of . . . weird. Plus, the Ronde de Nice zucchini won’t give up, there are beets, chard, pumpkins, a random volunteer acorn squash I just discovered, many leeks, and LOTS AND LOTS of collards.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Good Times =-.

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  4. kristin @ going country on October 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Oh wait! I forgot the parsnips, jalapenos, bell peppers, basil bushes, and the tiny carrots that will probably not get much bigger than baby-sized now that it got kind of cold kind of fast.

    Huh. We have a lot more out there than I thought.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Good Times =-.

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  5. Heather on October 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

    My beans are still going from my May planting as well. Right now I’m letting them go to seed though. We already have lots put aside for the winter. We also still have chard, beets, lettuce, leeks and bell peppers. I am still trying to get the 4 season harvest thing going. Its not as easy as I thought it might be.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Food goals =-.

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  6. Dave on October 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Radishes, Radishes, Radishes, and a few beans but lots of radishes. A bunny has gotten into the garden and has munch on a couple of the bean plants. Lettuce is finally coming up now though.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Fence Garden =-.

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    • Susy on October 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

      That reminds me I need to plant some radishes.

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  7. warren on October 1, 2009 at 10:17 am

    We just ate our first pie of the year made from a cushaw squash! I love that! We’re about to harvest sunflower seeds which I’ll roast and eat too!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Housekeeping in a beehive =-.

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  8. Maureen on October 1, 2009 at 11:17 am

    We planted a second crop of beans this year also…and we are loving them! Plus, we have several slower-growing tomato plants that are just starting to produce (but cold has finally arrived so hopefully they will ripen in time). The only other thing we’re still picking are the peppers.

    Oh, and we do have sweet potatoes and peanuts that just MIGHT be producing something in our front yard…..the plants are healthy, hard to tell what’s going on down below :)
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Sam! =-.

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    • Susy on October 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

      My Sub-Arctic plants are perking up now that it’s cold again. They set a bunch of new tomatoes when the hot weather broke and they should ripen before we get a freeze.

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  9. Daphne on October 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I pulled my beans up yesterday so no more for me. Maybe I should put in a couple of bush bean plants late in the season to keep them coming longer. Right now I’m eating leeks, carrots, Chinese cabbage and kale. Good food for cooking which is great right now as we won’t get out of the 50s today. A stir fry or hot soup sounds really good.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Thank You Blotanical =-.

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    • Susy on October 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

      It is soup weather, I made sausage lentil soup for dinner last night and some fresh sourdough bread to go with it. I also like braised cabbage this time of year, it’s so delicious and warming.

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      • Lynn on October 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

        Susy – I would love to have your Sausage Lentil Soup recipe if you don’t mind. It sounds delicious.

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    • Susy on October 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm

      It’s a super easy fairly quick soup. This is my basic recipe, I change it up a little depending on what I have in the kitchen:

      1 pound of italian sausage (I like hot italian, chicken sausage works well also)
      2 medium onions (cut to desired size)
      5 carrots (cut to desired size)
      1-2 cups chopped celery (cut to desired size)
      (I usually use equal parts onions/carrots/celery)
      5 cloves of garlic
      2 T Olive oil
      a mix of italian spices to taste (whatever you prefer): (oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, sage, black pepper, fennel)
      2 cups lentils (regular brown or green)
      1 cup small black lentils (if you can’t find these add more brown or omit if you like a brothier soup)
      2 quart jars of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
      water if needed
      1 quart of diced tomatoes
      a few handfuls of fresh spinach or other greens if desired

      Add sausage and olive oil to pan and slightly cook, then add chopped onions, carrots & celery cook until softened (You can cover pot if you want). Add garlic and spices (I usually add a teaspoon or two of oregano and some fennel, lots of red pepper, a good amount of black pepper and some sage). Cook for a minute or two and add brown lentils and chicken stock. Simmer for several hours until lentils are almost done, then add small black lentils, tomatoes, greens and water if needed, cook until black lentils are finished. Then salt to taste and adjust spices if needed. Serve with freshly grated romano cheese and a drizzle of fresh olive. Tastes best accompanied by crusty bread!

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  10. Christine on October 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I’m pretty jealous :-)

    Right now, we’re not eating anything out of our garden. We have some flowers showing up on a few of our bean plants, and we have some baby squash starting to show.

    Right now it’s really just a waiting game—– for the rabbits to give birth, the chickens to lay eggs, and our plants to grow.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..The Pecking Order =-.

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  11. Lynn on October 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Bell, Serrano, Thai, Jalapeno and Anaheim Peppers. Onions, Eggplant, tomatoes and lots of Herbs.

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  12. Thomas on October 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    My beans, which I sowed in August as well, are full of flowers…but no pods yet. I blame the fact that my garden receives only part sun during the day. I noticed that you were trying your hand at season extension as well. One benefit to fall – less leaves on trees mean more sun for the garden!
    .-= Thomas´s last blog ..It’s Good to be Home =-.

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  13. MAYBELLINE on October 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Strawberries and apples.
    Just harvested pumpkins but they’re for show.
    Herbs: parsley, basil, chives, thyme
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Nuts in the Garden =-.

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    • MAYBELLINE on October 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

      How could I forget…I have eggplant coming out my ears. Peppers are still producing strong.
      .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Nuts in the Garden =-.

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  14. PaulusM on October 2, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Hmmm, I think I’m kinda jealous of all you people with gardening histories that are longer than my 6 weeks ;-) I am eying my spinach and lettuce right now, but it’ll take just a week or so more before the spinach, lettuce and beet greens will combine into a salad I think. What kind are those very nice looking beans you started?

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  15. nytesong on October 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Hi–surfed in from another website and I’m enjoying your blog. =) Right now we are enjoying cucumbers from my garden. They are a smaller variety but they are so refreshing; I feel like everyone I eat is a small goodbye to summer!
    .-= nytesong´s last blog ..A Change of Craft =-.

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