The Haiku Farm garden has, until now, been a bit of a disappointment. The first year we were here, the garden was, shall we say gently, pathetic. That year, we had no time to actually make a proper garden because we were so busy building fences and stuff. So that was our excuse.
Last year, the garden was rampaging fully by mid-August; although the tomato crop was a completely failure, we had plenty of squash and beans to keep us fed.
This year, the tomato plants once again broke our hearts thanks to an extended "sprummer" in which the spring rains didn't stop until late July. However, as I posted a few weeks ago, the 2011 zucchini harvest has been overwhelming.
Now, finally, we have reached a state of True Gardenhood:
We've grown (more than) enough beans to can some for winter!
I planted three varieties of bean this year: the Rattlesnake Beans are purple-striped, which is very pretty and also makes the beans easier to find on the plant. I also planted Blue Lake beans, a green bean staple that my grandfather considered essential to a garden. I also planted Scarlet Runner Beans, which aren't much good for canning, but are delicious when eaten fresh.
When the Scarlet Runner beans get too gigantic (2 feet long or longer), we feed them to the chickens.
Meanwhile, back in the kitchen:
(Listen to the entire 1997 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from Muncie Indiana, home of Ball Canning Jar manufacture by clicking HERE . If you only want to hear Garrison's bit about how home canning will save civilization, skip to the time marker 1:25:51 Monologue.)
16 quarts of Summer Wonderfulness.
Life = Good.