|beans in the early spring, before the warm weather growth|
|one year Scarlet runner beans were grown; they sadly lose their beautiful color when cooked|
My favorite garden varieties are Kentucky Runner and Contender; both bush and vine variety. Bush crops are always planted in large wide rows with soaker hoses woven throughout the bushes. When pests make their appearance light sprayings of insecticidal soap with neem is applied in late afternoon. Bush plants, planted near the tomatoes, and vine plants, set to trail the corn crop, always bless us with heavy bounty harvested every other day..by the baskets full.
When it comes to preserving our green bean harvest, my primary method is freezing..though canning is a close second. Freezing retains the freshness and color of the green bean and stores well no matter what the humidity level. As for canning, I have to use a pressure canner for vegetable crops and have minimal success keeping them fresh for long periods of time.
|snapping beans can be a dull task, I take every opportunity to double duty..here, I am home schooling while prepping beans for blanching|
|when rinsing, I move the beans in the water to prevent garden gunk from sticking|
|tongs and ladles are valuable helps when blanching|
|let them air before packing|
|pack and label so beans stack well|