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  1. songbird

    songbird Senior Member

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    haha, yes, but then harvesting becomes a challenge if you
    have to use a pick axe to get them out of the ground.

    we've had a little rain this past week, but are still about 35-50cm
    behind normal. the ground is rock hard in any locations that
    i've not amended or heavily mulched. that means that my two
    week project is stretching way long and it doesn't matter
    because all the other projects are in that same soil so until we
    get some rains...

    the weather set records for most of the week before this one
    we were up into the 32+C which is very hot for this late in the
    season. if we can get another few weeks without frosts i may
    even get another crop of lima beans.

    the rest of the beans are mostly empty pods. it's not been a
    great year for them. i do have a harvest, but small, about 1/3
    of what it would be for a normal season. one good thing about
    planting so many different varieties is that some manage to
    produce no matter what. i picked dry pods yesterday so as to
    beat any rains that are in the forecast. more coming along but
    not too many left now.

    some fun new crosses have shown up including a few that i've
    been aiming for (by repeatedly planting blocks of certain varieties
    next to each other). will take several years to see how they work
    out.

    tomatoes and peppers did well enough. i just picked another 18L
    bucket's worth of red peppers. not many left now out there. i've
    been eating and giving away quite a few. will have to roast some
    more.

    my current project is about 2/3 done (renovating the first strawberry
    patch). of course it has turned into yet another project (filling in an
    area next to where the lima beans are growing) -- but that is ok as i
    do need a space to move the extra subsoil and it is about 1/5th the
    distance and effort of where i was moving the stuff before (but that
    is all full now).

    pictures eventually...

    peace... :)
     
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    ok a few pictures of some bean crosses that have shown up that will be
    interesting to see what happens as i try to grow them out in the coming years.

    Pink Pinto

    from two of my most reliable beans (Red Ryder and Pinto).

    [​IMG]

    and another cross (Red Ryder and a selection of the tan Goats Eye beans from a
    blend called Peregion). the pattern on these is hard to see unless you scan them
    in direct sunlight. i may have some in the red beans from previous years and not
    even noticed them. so the next time i have a chance to go back and scan what
    i have on hand i'll see if i can find some more to try growing further.

    Red Goats Eye

    [​IMG]


    my garden project turned into three or four more projects, but i'm getting there...
    hope to finish at least the digging and transplanting tomorrow before forecast
    rains show up... we'll see...

    cheers :)
     
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    You have inspired me this year to grow more beans.
    I have my Great white northern beans that come up every year, now. I grow these for drying and love them in my winter soups and casseroles.
    I have had sprout before sowing some of the others cos its been a couple of years since I grew them. Luckily most of them have sprouted. the painted lady, Purple king, Carols' heirloom purple and black turtle beans.
    i'm still waiting to see if my cannelinni, roquefords, top crop,Jackson wonder (lima type) and king of the blues are still viable.
    One of the problems I had with the chook dome was that thins didnt self sow but i'm not sure if that was because the chooks scratched and dug everything too deep or that the mulch I added buried everything too deep to grow back.
     
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    there are so many different kinds of beans. :) i don't grow many white beans
    because we grew up eating mostly just a few types. i now grow so many kinds
    that i doubt i will ever have enough time in my life to eat all of them after getting
    them to grow out. and i'm finding a new network of bean people to trade even
    more with. and then i'm also cross breeding and having new ones show up each
    year. so it will be a fun continuing project...

    fun link:

    http://www.abeancollectorswindow.com/


    what i have found so far is that most beans do have a distinct flavor and that
    in combination with the texture and different growing habits makes things fun.

    i'm trying to focus on just the bush beans and a few of the other smaller
    stature plants. not that i won't keep some growing on the fence but i don't
    have a lot of space like that. plus we really like the bush lima beans so
    i'll keep growing those too.

    my harvest wasn't all that great this year. will survive, but hope for a better
    year next time around. will keep going no matter what anyways. i am still
    having too much fun. :)

    i wouldn't worry about germination problems if you haven't been storing
    them in a high heat/direct sunlight type of location. i do try to grow some
    of each in my collection every year to refresh the seed supply, but overall
    i'm not finding problems with them other than the animals which want to
    eat them as they sprout (certain ones seem more noticed than others) and
    of course, the trouble with weather which every gardener has to work
    around.

    in other news...

    my strawberry garden project was finished and i did take pictures:

    http://www.anthive.com/project/tasks/

    the next year or two i'll redo the other part and level that out too. i
    don't like having to climb and walk on that mound for picking. there's a
    lot of goodies buried under there that should be ready.

    i'm finishing up the gardens as i can. we went from drought to too much rain
    in about a week's time. it has been raining quite a bit since. i have odds and
    ends now to do up until the ground freezes and even after that i can get out
    and trim bushes/trees back. a major recent task was trying to get the back
    fence put back up or fixed to keep the easy deer access problem down. they
    had trampled through a fence that was overgrown with wild grape vines. we
    had some old fencing that was donated but hadn't put up yet.

    of course a simple project becomes more than that, cutting out the wild grape
    vines. dealing with a groundhod den, cutting down a large honeysuckle bush
    that i'd wanted to get out of the ditch for the past ten years. etc. my shoulder
    was hurting from digging, i pulled it somehow and am trying to take it easy
    so it can heal up before i make it worse. having that happen before a project
    where i'm going to be sawing and lopping branches and having to put up the
    gardens wasn't the best, but i think i'm getting through it ok....

    as i keep telling myself "that which doesn't kill me... hasn't been trying hard enough..." :)

    i'm still taking a break for the beginning of this week because we've had so much
    more rains the ground is mud. i'll do some light stuff, but nothing too major.

    we also had the roof chimney reflashed to try to take care of the intermittent leak
    that has been going on for six years since we had the roof replaced. with a lot
    of rain through this past weekend the leak is still there so we'll call them back Monday
    and hope they can get it taken care of... no rain due this week, but it is deer hunting
    season and coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday so, we'll see...

    otherwise, reading books, sorting beans a little, i'll get back to it once i'm stuck
    inside more, and some music editing, a short trip away, well, pretty much life
    as usual is keeping me busy enough. i sure don't ever feel like there is a shortage
    of things to do... :)
     
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