Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yard long beans and other stuff

Poppy and I are inside today. 101 Degrees is forecast and that's simply too hot for working outside. I tell you what! That lovely spring weather was short lived and then we jumped right into this NC August-like weather.


Hope you don't mind another little walk through the garden. Don't worry, walking through this teeny tiny garden only takes a minute.

Waiting for that first red ripe tomato.

This old chair made a good prop for the Dill. Should I cut the flower heads off the Dill to keep the plant growing? Anybody know about Dill? :) 

These "yard long" beans I planted are about half a yard long now.

I'm loving watching these beans grow.


Been a long time since I've had a row of Zinnias in the garden.

Looks like all red Zinnias.

and these pretty little blooms near the well house are wild Petunias.

Everybody in the house is napping right now, except me, of course. I was standing and staring earlier...trying to decide...should I put a post on my blog, walk up to the garden, or sew. Guess I'll get busy in the sewing room next. I've spent every extra minute lately cutting out aprons, bonnets, bag holders, and making dolls.

The Duke Homestead in Durham has three upcoming events. July 11th it's the "Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts Festival", August 8th "Summer Child's Festival", and September 12th "Harvest & Hornworm Festival". Arts and craft vendors are needed for all three events. My application has been accepted. Let me tell you...this lit a fire under me real quick! Lots of sewing to do now!

If you have never seen the Duke Homestead you can visit them at dukehomestead.org, but especially check out "images for Duke Homestead". It is a beautiful old place. Shelby, Lynn, and I did a craft show there several years ago and it was lots of fun. We dressed for the occasion in our long dresses, bonnets and aprons. Shelby and Jimmy's farm is not far from Duke Homestead.

Better get busy in the sewing room. Thank you for visiting and I will be over shortly to visit you. :) 
Cr
Love,
Henny







27 comments:

  1. I'm in the hotel in New Orleans, resting up before venturing our again in the heat and humidity. I enjoyed catching up on the teeny tiny farm news.

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    1. Hope you are enjoying your days there even with this heat and humidity.

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  2. Henny, I've never seen beans like that. I wouldn't know when to pick them!
    Your garden puts mine to shame. Even though we have an acre and a half, most of it is woods and much of what isn't woods is shade. So this year I'm growing tomatoes not only in the few places with sun, but also in pots on the deck. I'm hoping I'll finally get more than three green tomatoes in September the way I usually do!

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    1. Hey Marty. I really don't know when to pick these beans either. Too much shade was always our problem living here in the woods.

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  3. I love seeing your garden Henny..it really does produce lots of fresh produce, under your watchful eye.
    We only grow herbs and tomatoes since the deer eat everything else, and fighting them gets monotonous.
    The humidity is off the scale today, horrid.......it makes my Norse-blood throw in the towel :)
    Stay cool dear.
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. I'm looking forward to that cooler weather forecast for the weekend! Hope you all are included. The humidity is just awful here too. I gave up on gardening until Poppy fenced in a small place under the power lines. The deer ate everything!

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  4. Your little garden looks like a perfect size for you and Poppy. All I am growing besides flowers right now are herbs, tomatoes & beans. Maybe in July I will plant a very small veggie garden.Thanks for your nice comment. I am aware now that photos are missing on my earlier posts so I am going to hopefully rectify that. I used facebook as a host back then and that was a big mistake. I have some work to do. Deb

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    1. Thank you Deb. I was tickled to see Audrey as a baby.

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  5. Wow, look at the size of those beans, I have never seen anything like them, impressive.

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    1. I've never seen beans like these either...and don't know how to cook them. :)

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  6. Festivals are such fun! I wish you good luck with your craft sales- I'm sure you will sell out!

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    1. They are fun. I'm hoping to make a little spending money. :)

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  7. I so remember how getting the show acceptance letters will get you going! I did shows for 15 yrs! I really enjoyed it. You will do wonderful with your lovely things! Your garden looks very pretty and Eli sitting in the porch swing lol.. He and Keeper couldn't look more a like if they tried LOL. Though you do a better job of keeping Eli groomed so nice. I need to brush Keeper more. I try but there just never seems to be enough time LOL.

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    1. I hope to do good. Thank you. Eli and Keeper are so much alike! Oh, I'm not good at keeping Eli brushed. I should brush him everyday but never get around to it. :)

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  8. Cut the dill before it goes to seed and put it in the freezer...I learned that when I always had cucumbers to do and ny dill was done! It should form some side branches after you lop off the top. Sew Sew Sew:)

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    1. I will do that today. Thank you. I'm hoping to make a jar or two of pickles.

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  9. You'll have to let us know how those beans compare to the normal ones; they sure look funny to me. Your garden makes me wish I had sunshine in my yard so I could have an even teenier tinier garden. But I love the shade and the beauty of the big trees. You can't have everything. That dill looks wonderful. I baked salmon for dinner tonight with dried dill and garlic salt on it. It's so easy and so delicious.

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    1. Our problem here has always been too much shade. We really should have cut more trees when we built the cabin. The garden spot is at the corner of our property where the power people cleared to put in a power pole. Thank goodness for that! I worry they might come along and tell us to move our garden. I am going to try salmon with dill and garlic this week! I have plenty of dill. :) I will let you know about the beans.

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  10. I'm also wondering how those long beans compare in taste to regular beans. A couple of those long ones would be enough for 2 people!! I like your Zinnias. I had 2 rows but something ate an entire row in a single night so now I have one left and none opened yet. Can hardly wait to see what colours I get. Happy sewing.

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    1. I'm wondering about those beans too. :) I can't believe I sowed all red Zinnia seeds. Duh! I love the mixed colors. Be sure to post a picture of yours. Wonder what ate your zinnias?

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  11. Look how big Eli is -- whoa!
    Don't know how you survive that heat, or how your garden survives. Michigan has a much different climate and that's what my body has grown up on. Not sure I'd survive in your neck of the woods.

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    1. Hey Janet. We were talking about Eli last night and wondering if he is gaining too much weight. Yes, it would take some getting used to this heat. Good to hear from you.

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  12. Your garden looks great. Some of my plants on the deck cooked in the 100 degree temps we had last week, even though I had moved them into the shade. I can't believe how big Eli is sitting next to Poppy. He always make me smile. Good luck at your craft fair!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. You're probably looking forward to fall and winter down here in the south. This 100 degree humid weather is hard to take.

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  13. What a delightful post, except for the heat and humidity! I am showing the picture of Eli next to Poppy to my friend with a Goldendoodle. He is about that size, and they did not expect him to get so big, judging from the mother. Guess the dad was huge. We have markets here with asian long beans, and I have cooked them just with a little water, garlic, and olive oil. We like ours rather firm, and I know that isn't the Southern way, but i think you can treat them same as basic green beans. If you let the dill go to seed, you might have it all over the place next year! We have wild fennel all along some roads in California, and it looks alot like dill. Escaped from the early Italian kitchen gardens back in the early days. I would love to harvest it, the price of fennel is pretty dear. Thanks for your charming post!

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    1. Thank you Pam. I worry about every post. I can sound pretty...dumb, maybe. :) A Goldendoodle! I would love to see a picture. I bet he is beautiful. Eli is getting big. Sometimes I think we feed him too much. His big dark eyes makes it hard to not share everything with him especially when he lays his chin on the bar next to you and rolls those eyes. I'm afraid we have spoiled him. I was just reading on line about these yard long beans and they sound delicious. The Bald Gourmet suggests cooking the beans in oil and garlic, like you do. Stir frying and leaving a little crunchy sounds good to me. I going to try some tonight.

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  14. I love your tiny garden! A little garden can produce more sometimes than a big garden because they are easier to maintain. Love you bunches!!

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