It’s been a chilly few weeks here – temperatures have been topping out at 6 or 7C (43F) each day which doesn’t really motivate me to get moving on finishing up the remaining tasks in the garden. There’s still a small laundry list of things to do before the garden is closed for the winter – cutting back the asparagus ferns, digging up dahlia tubers, harvesting the remaining carrots, chard & broccoli and, most importantly, planting out the garlic.
For those that follow along on Instagram, you know we were getting our front walkway redone. It was a narrow, weedy mess and on the “to do” list for a few years now:
On to the main topic of this post - dried beans! I grew 5 different varieties this year & harvested a total of 4.5kg/10 lbs of shelled beans.
Clockwise from top: Calypso, Canadian Wonder, Cherokee Trail of Tears, Wild Goose
Middle: Queen Anne
Cherokee Trail of Tears
This year, I decided to grow an entire bed of them (my beds are 8’ x 4’). From that planting I harvested 1.4 kg (3 lbs) of beans - not bad, but not great either. This may call for an experiment next year on upping the yield by varying the amendments that I use and/or changing the spacing.
They may look like your standard kidney bean, but they are WAY more yummy!
I grew Queen Anne last year as well but rabbits got to the plants and I only ended up harvesting a few pods…just enough to grow a small section of them this year (around 2’x6’).
Another variety that is on the taste testing list is Wild Goose, which is a small speckled bean, similar in size to a soybean:
Most of the beans are white with gray markings
but a few have the reverse colouration - I love those types of oddities!
The Calypso beans are gorgeous and, even though I didn’t harvest that many of them last year either, I do recall cooking some up but didn’t take any notes. I’ll have to do a repeat on that and actually write down my impressions.
I had wanted to publish this post yesterday but had a technical issue uploading the photos to my computer. I'm a day late but will still link up with Dave at the Happy Acres Blog for Harvest Monday, where you can find some truly inspirational harvests from near and far, even this late in the season.