Friday, June 14, 2013

garden, pole bean edition

We harvested our first batch of pole beans yesterday. These insanely long (and surprisingly sweet when sautéed) guys grew from beans we planted in April. Beans like to be sown directly into the ground, and pole beans need an armature to climb on. These vines produce elegant violet flowers which then turn into two quickly-growing beans.
The bean pyramids are made of three bamboo poles tied together. They're made of left over pieces of the fencing we used to cover our neighbors' chain link fences on the north and east sides of our house. Miguel, one of the talented guys working for our landscape designer, James Jiler, improvised with the leftover bamboo, having decided we needed vertical elements in the front vegetable beds. It was a singular act of genius, with delicious consequences.

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