We worked all day… Sue in the kitchen making a fantastic meal and Paul in the yard planting and digging. Greg joined us for dinner!
The raised garden beds seem to do what we wanted. Plenty of room and easy to work on!
The tomato cages are up and ready to support all the fruit.
The entire east wall has tomatoes, approximately 17 different kinds. Most of them are Sue’s collection of interesting cherry tomatoes including white ones, blue ones, tiny ones and a repunzel tomato.
Bush beans, also called snap beans because they “snap” when ripe, are by far the most popular homegrown beans.
They’re easy to plant, they don’t need any time consuming staking, trellising, or poling because they grow on compact, sturdy plants, they grow well even in poor soil, and have ready-to-eat pods in only seven or eight weeks.
They used to be called “string” beans because of the fibrous string that ran the length of the pods, but now with improved varieties, they are really “stringless ” beans!
The reason most gardeners prefer growing bush beans to pole beans is because although they take up more space, they require less work planting, staking, weeding and watering, and bush beans produce most of their crop all at once.
This makes harvesting very fast and convenient because by getting all your beans at once it’s helpful for freezing or canning. Also, by staggering planting times by a few weeks you can have continuous bean production all summer long.
So, because green beans are the fourth most popular summer vegetable grown by home gardeners (tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers beating them out).
We cleaned up and got ready for Greg to join us for dinner.