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Posted: 6/9/2014 1:13 PM

first green beans & squash 


Picked I don't know how many squash last Thursday night.  Yellow straight necks and green zucchinis.  I had no idea they were producing yet.  Took most of them to work and sold them at 50 cents per pound. The big boys for $1 each.  I can't see charging so much per pound for the giants.  Not many people want them that big.  I can't blame them.  Brought a lot of the big boys back home.  

Saturday morning, I got up at 7AM to go get green beans before it got hot.  Piddled around and got outside around 9AM.  Spent 5 hours picking 40 pounds of green beans.  200 row feet.  To give you a visual, that's about 4 5-gallon buckets just full.  Spent 7 or 8 hours Sunday picking stem ends off while watching TV.  Hope to get them canned this week in the evenings.  I hope to get at least 14 quarts.  That would be 2 loads.  I may just eat the rest once I see how many are left.  Then I start round 2 next weekend.  :-)  Should be much smaller.  I might take the second batch to work.
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/9/2014 5:31 PM

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Gracious!  That many greenbeans!  We've gotten maybe 2 5gallion buckets but we've given some away.  The squash and zucchini are coming off so fast that we can't keep up with them.  We've also given away lots of them.  We don't can squash, zucchini, or greenbeans.  I have canned beans left so no need to add to them.  We've eaten a lot already.  Do you have new potatoes?  If so, you should cook some greenbeans and new potatoes and a pan of cornbread.  That's good country eating for sure.    I can't eat the potatoes but do love them boiled and then fix a white sauce.  Isn't gardening fun!
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
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Posted: 6/10/2014 6:42 AM

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I don't do potatoes. I've tried in the past, but I don't eat that many potatoes to make it worthwhile.

I want to make zucchini relish and can it this summer. maybe some soup and freeze it. maybe dehydrate some.
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/10/2014 6:49 AM

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You ought to make some zucchini bread too and freeze it.  It is really good.  If you need a good recipe, I have one.  I can't eat much bread and we substituted soy flour for the white and it was ok with us.  We even added some peaches to it to make it more moist.  A friend told us that she adds a can of crushed pineapple for moisture.
We don't do potatoes either.  We like them but they don't seem to keep long here for some reason.  Others around have said the same thing.  I can't eat them anymore though.  The doctor told me to stay away from white potatoes, white bread, white flour, etc.  Our horse and donkey eat better than I do sometimes, I think! : -)
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
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Posted: 6/10/2014 12:23 PM

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That's one thing I want to do with the dehydrated zukes. Bread. I dried a bunch a few years ago and it's still sitting in jars on the counter. :-) I do a lot of banana bread and usually just wing it when I dump things in. Sometimes it has cinnamon, sometimes it has coconut, sometimes nuts, sometimes raisins or craisins. Never know from time to time what it's going to have. Wheat germ, wheat bran, oatmeal, soy flour, etc... I rarely ever follow a recipe for it anymore. Usually turns out fine. Edible, even. :-) I think I'm going to start using coconut oil in it because it's supposed to be so much healthier, and I eat muffins just about every morning for breakfast. The more good stuff I can pack in them, the better they are.

Made an "omlet" with green beans in it the other night. Really good! Mushrooms, yellow squash, onions... Saute to soften and then add eggs and scramble. Mmmm.... This is basically what I live on all summer, in various combinations and renditions depending on what's ripe at a given time.
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/10/2014 3:59 PM

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Chris, we used to make a stew of some sort when the Zucchini got away from us....those baseball ones....cut them in chunks, add chunks of potatoes, string beans and tomatoes and cook.....so good.

I like to blanch the string beans and freeze  them too, but I am FAR from picking any.....no flowers on them yet!
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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:03 AM

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Picked 47 more pounds of beans this weekend off of the same 200 row feet. Plucked the plants as I was picking. There usually isn't enough to make a third harvest worthwhile. I tried pressure canning some last week. Had some serious issues with regulating pressure. I'm comfortable with the 6 quarts that did seal. I cooked and froze 10 pints, and I have about that many in the fridge to freeze yet. I brought a bunch of these second pass beans in to work to sell cheap. Must not be in the right crowd yet. I know I used to bring things in and they got snapped up pretty quickly.

Picked more zukes and yellow squash.

Blackberries are in full swing right now. Picked a gallon of them yesterday. I'm going to try making flavored vinegar with some. I got those going last night. I want to try canning some with different liqueurs and see how they do. i definitely have plenty to play with.

I have raspberries this year for the first time. Probably not enough to do anything with other than eat out of hand or off the cane like I was yesterday.

Should have elderberries before long if I can keep the birds away. Had them last year, but with all the rain, I kind of let them go. Not this year! I'm watching them every day now.

I actually have a few gooseberries and some highbush cranberries. Just a handful of each. The gooseberries are very sweet but not very flavorful. Haven't tried the cranberries yet. They don't look ripe yet.

All this surprise fruit is helping fill the void of not having tomatoes. I hope to change that soon... :-)
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/17/2014 4:21 PM

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Chris, if you are not a vegan, you can use those big zukes by removing the seeds and then stuffing with hamburger, turkeyburger, etc., and bake them.  I like to season the meat and then add some cheese as well for a different taste now and then.  Wow!  Two hundred feet of beans!!!  That makes one heck of a job picking and processing them all!  My pole beans should be flowering any time now.  When they get to producing real well, I freeze them.  I have never tried canning them.
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Posted: 6/18/2014 6:51 AM

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Well, I have lazy spells and it's sad. :-) I've gotten rid of about 20 pounds of this second batch. I have a bunch of the first batch still in the fridge that need to be processed one way or another if they're still good. The rest are sitting on my kitchen floor in buss trays waiting. I know they're drying out. The others did. That's why I just cooked them and froze them. Might end up doing that with some of these too. But I want to make three bean salad and maybe dill pickle some. Just got to get out of my lazy chair and do something with them. :-)

I'll have to try something with those zukes. Hate to see them go to waste. I want to shred and freeze some.
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Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/18/2014 7:23 AM

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I'm going to can what we have left of the green beans.  I finally bought a pressure cooker so I can do it right.  We've been canning them by putting vinegar in them but we don't seem to eat them well that way.  They have just a hint of the vinegar which is foreign to us.  We don't like green beans frozen.  That's a waste for us.  I have a very old, old canner but I'm scared of it.  I've had it probably 40 years so bit the bullet and bought one.  We don't do cucumbers.  Chris, have you tried those lemon cucumbers?  We bought a plant or two and something ate the whole plant.  Reckon it tasted like lemons to the varmint?  : -)
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
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Posted: 6/18/2014 8:26 AM

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I've never tried lemon cucumbers. I think it's their light color and size that gives them that name. Same reason I've never tried 8 ball zucchini. Just seems like a waste of space to me to try those, so I don't. i stick to Straight 8's and Marketmore cucumbers for slicing mostly. Been a long time since I pickled any, so I'm looking forward to having some pickling cucumbers this year. i have Carolina something that are supposed to be good 4 to 5 inches long, and I have Alibi that I bought from Park Seed that are supposed to be gherkin types. If they don't succumb to weeds, I'll have cucumbers in another month or 6 weeks.

I have a really old canner at home that someone sent me that I haven't looked at in a while. It might be an All American, but it's badly discolored and was actually sitting out in the barn in a box for several years. That won't hurt it, but I'm sure it needs refurbishing before it would be in any shape to use. Has the clamp down sides with a metal to metal seal. Now you have me curious and I need to get it out and inspect it. :-)

The beans I froze were fully cooked, some plain, some with bacon.  So they will be more like leftovers than blanched beans that need a lot more cooking.  i don't like blanched frozen beans either.
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 6/18/2014 8:37 AM

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I was told the lemon cucumbers actually taste like lemon.  We don't eat cucumbers; hence, we don't plant them, but thought to try the lemon ones.  That certainly didn't pan out! 
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
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Posted: 7/22/2014 5:19 AM

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Zucchini bread is fantastic. I also add a can of crushed pineapple.
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT
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Posted: 7/22/2014 5:23 AM

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Chris, I can't believe the amount of veges you get. fantastic. I don't plant any type of squash anymore, don't know what to do with it.
Plus my sister owns a farm, so I only plant what I want to just walk out into the backyard to pick. She does all the growing. But I am never without the green beans. I freeze the green beans, you can them????
If only raspberries would freeze. My birds are enjoying them now, I can't eat them fast enough.
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Posted: 8/7/2014 9:10 PM

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We cannot grow descent string beans either yellow or green without insect damage and blight here in the midwest.   I am surprised that you are able to grow them with no mention of insects or disease in SC.  I would think it be a problem also.  Can you perhaps elaborate just how you control pesty Bean Beetle that appears in early June and the Blight that shows up around August 1.    Here we need to spray for Bean Beetle early June and continue throughout the producing season.  And as to the blight,   we use Fungicides that are quite expensive and difficult to apply just to keep our beans producing up to say September 15.   Perhaps you have a variety that is better suited and I should be planting that.  I use Burpee Seeds.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 6:54 AM

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George, hi and welcome to the new forums.  How about going to the New Member Forum and introducing yourself and also add your location and zone in your signature.  It helps with answering questions about certain things, like growing green beans without insect problems.

I live in Louisiana and we have no problem at all with insects.  Our green beans are finished early since they are not hot weather plants. 

Dawn, I can my green beans.  We will not eat them from the freezer.  They don't taste right.  Canning them makes them taste just like they are fresh from the garden.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 9:09 AM

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I made zucchini muffins for breakfast a couple months ago. I don't care for them. Can't taste the zucchini, so I figure it's a moisture ingredient. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger all overpower it. Maybe if I used an actual recipe instead of winging it, it might be better. But I've seen pineapple, coconut, chocolate chips, cocoa, etc added. I still have a ton sitting in the floor that's slowly on its way out the door. That hard rind that developed helps it keep better inside. They're huge! Winter squash size.

I took one of the zukes and made zucchini relish a couple weekends ago. That was on my list of things to try. It's good. Just onions, peppers, spices, sugar, cider vinegar. I forgot whether there was garlic or not. Put cinnamon sticks and pepper corns (I think) in the jars before the relish. Maybe it was cloves. I forgot. The over run is good without the added spices, so maybe those will be even better after the vinegar mellows a bit.

The green beans I grow are bush beans. 2 months they're done. I was done before June ever got going. I saw bean beetles with the first picking, but no real damage to the beans yet. Second picking, I saw more, and saw damage to more beans. But still not many compared to the amount I was picking. I don't spray them with anything. i have thick grass growing up in them and I just spread it to get to the beans. It doesn't affect them whatsoever. I have just as many bushes that are loaded in the grass as I do not in the grass. Just as I have many that are sparse in the open without the grass.

I never did get pole beans planted. Next year, they will be the first ones in the ground so they get a head start. I know they have a longer season. I like that. But i need to work on my mulch routine to see if I can quell some of this Johnsongrass that takes over. I don't know what it's going to take. I'm seriously considering stockpiling large cardboard pieces to lay down and mulch over to see if that will help.

Canning green beans was an adventure. I need practice. I need to spread my beans out next year so they don't all come in at one time. Just like I need to do with the corn. Stagger the planting. I had severe siphoning in the jars of beans in the pressure canner. I think I packed them too tightly in the jars and that caused the water to either be absorbed into the beans or to leave the jars. Either way, I need more practice and got lazy when they were ready. i didn't sell as many as I had hoped, so I had a lot left over to deal with. Froze a bunch, so I'll have some through the fall at least. I could probably plant more right now. But it's raining.

My cucumbers petered out. No vines really developed. I think they must have been eaten off. Not sure.

Time for fall garden prep anyway...
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Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:33 PM

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I picked my first stringbeans last week. Diped some in temura batter and deep fried them. A little tough, I think I didn't pick them soon enough. Picked a second batch Tuesday, froze some, cooked some.

I noticed that there were a few little bright green fat hairless caterpillars on the plants. About ½ inch long and ¼ inch wide. Slow moving like a slug. Guess the lizards overlooked them. Anybody know what they are? Don't seem to be slowing down the plants any.

The BLW cooked some zucchini bread last week. Got to find a way to get ride of the excess zucchini...

Dawn, you can freeze raspberries, my mom used to freeze them, but if I remember right there is a trick to it. Maybe you can find it on the web or from a member.

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