Saturday, June 13, 2009

What's Growing in The Garden Now!

Success!!I have found the secret to germinating bean seeds without them rotting. Simply soak the bean seeds for 2 hours prior to planting. Next, place the seeds in wet paper towel and slide into a plastic bag. Next, label and wait a few days. When the seeds start to germinate (grow roots) place each seed (eye up) into soil, cover and water.

In just a few more days I saw my seeds emerge. I have always thought that was the beautiful thing about seeds, within that hard exterior there is so much life.

In my garden I have planted three types of beans this year. Here are the descriptions taken from the Baker Creek Web site:

Dragon Tongue
This famous Dutch heirloom bean has an incomparable flavor. The tender and superbly delicious 7" pods are yellow, with amazing purple streaks! Also makes a tasty shelled bean. Popular with chefs and gourmets. Compact plants set high yields.

This is the bean that is said to have come to America with the Pilgrims in 1620. This old cutshort green bean has great flavor and the red/white beans are quite tasty. A long-time staple in the Carolinas.

California Blackeye Pea
70 days. An old standard variety; vigorous, high-yielding vines. Thomas Jefferson grew Blackeye Peas in the 1770s. Originating in Africa, cowpeas are easy to grow and are very popular in the South; a very ancient crop.


  1. Just harvested first batch of Dragon's Tongue. FABULOUS. All the plants I got are super healthy and happy! The beans are beautiful and tasty - even raw. Cucumber is great, too. Now I just need to keep the rabbits away from the melons :(

    What kinds of fall/winter plants will you be offering? Any some cold-weather tomatoes?

  2. I am so happy to hear all your plants are doing well. Tommy and I did a taste test the other night with the Mayflower, Dragon Tongue and Purple bean and we both agree the Dragon tongue bean is the best tasting. Yes, I will be growing for the fall garden. I will also try a current tomato that produces in 50 days and am hoping I can get tomatoes with that one until frost. I am planning on starting a variety of greens, peas, onions and heirloom flowers as well as a few others.I will post a list of the plants I will offer for sale soon!