July 18: Fresh beans for supper

Surprised I even got in the garden to pick beans and cucumbers today after getting almost 3 inches of rain Tuesday afternoon and overnight. The garden is now completely drenched.

Everything seemed to come alive with the outpouring from the skies. Mother Nature is so much more nourishing than what my sprinkler doles out! I staked a few of the cosmos that were still leaning this morning, but by mid-afternoon the beans and potatoes bounced back from being batted around by the rain and wind.


I picked a grocery bag almost half full of green beans (enough to fill up my sink), along with two ice cream buckets of cucumbers. Both should have been picked on Sunday or Monday. Although no one complained at supper, some of the beans already were a bit on the stringy side. And, too many of the cukes were bigger than I like to eat raw.

However, I got several plastic bags of beans that I’ll probably work on freezing this weekend, especially if I get a lot more when I pick again on Friday.

I froze beans two years ago and they were such a treat in the winter. And so easy to freeze, too. All I did was blanch them for about 2 minutes, then submerge in ice cold water for 2 minutes. I just sealed them in freezer baggies and squeeze out as much of the air as possible.

I’m guessing the cukes won’t go to waste either, whether it’s snacking on them at home or work. I’m not much into pickles and cream — Cassie and I just like to snack on them raw. Although the thought of making my own fresh dills crossed my mind today. My sister sent me a great recipe for a friend, but I just might try it myself, too. I could actually put to use the dill I have growing in the garden just because I like the way it smells!

Tonight’s east and west photos show a thoroughly soaked garden. Doesn’t it look happy?

Looking east:

Looking east July 18.


Looking west:

Looking west July 18

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cindy on July 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    P.S. In case you are missing some fresh vegies from your garden, I may have to make a midnite raid!!! LOL!

  2. Posted by Cindy on July 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Making some dills right now. Love the smell of fresh dill, peeled garlic and sliced onions. In a day or so—fresh dill pickles!!! YUM

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