Green Beans Are Finished

If I was not so tired I would do a happy dance. I am finally finished picking my green beans to can for the year. That means most of the canning is done for the year.

I have to say it was a great year for my blue lake bush beans. From four rows I got twenty one quarts on the first picking. The second picking was just a little over a week later and it gave me another forty two quarts. Now about ten days later I have done my third picking. I will have a total of twenty four more quarts once they are all canned down. The last pan full is cooking now. This will do us for the coming year. I will not have to buy any.

I pulled my plants this time to pick the beans off of them. I do that as it is easier on me and good for the garden. After the plants dry some hubby will mow that area of the garden which will chop them up so they can break down faster and become fertilizer for the garden next year. We do this with most of the plants every year. They continue giving even after they are long gone. The only thing that does not get mowed is the corn stalks. But once I pull them out for Halloween decorating, the weeds will be mowed down in that area.

I did get lucky today with the weather. I got two rows picked early this morning before it got much above eighty degrees out. I did not think I would finish until this evening. But we got lucky and had a surprise rain shower this afternoon. After it passed and before all of the clouds cleared I went out and picked the last two rows. With a nice breeze it felt cooler then than it did this morning.

Now the only hard thing I have to do is finish picking and freezing the bell peppers. When I get that done I might pick a good mess of cucumbers and make some salty pickles. At least those dont need cooked. After soaking in salt water for ten days they go into jars and only get a water bath to seal the lids. But first I need to rearrange my kitchen a little bit to make room for my crocks.


cover photo is mine


  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I stayed away from growing green beans for years, as I have an allergy to them. Oddly though, I discovered a few years ago that I can eat some of the heirloom beans that aren’t usually sold as “green beans.” I love growing legumes in general. I just find the plants so pretty.

    I wasn’t familiar with Blue Lake, so I looked them up. It looks like they have a pretty long pod. You got a good harvest from them. They must be quite prolific!

    1. Eva James Post author

      Most years they do great. This picking surprised me in quantity as we have been very dry the last few weeks. Glad you can eat some of the types.

  2. Rex Trulove

    It must be wonderful having an warm early spring. My green beans are just now coming on, though it looks like they are packed, as long as the deer don’t penetrate my defenses. 🙂

    1. Eva James Post author

      We did not plant until the end of May but that is still earlier than you. Hope the deer let you get some at least.

    2. Rex Trulove

      Yes, as cool as this spring and early summer were, May would have been way early. Normally the first part of June is the start of our growing season, but the ground was soooo late in warming up this year that it was ridiculous.

    1. Eva James Post author

      Thanks Andria The deer have passed at the edge of the garden but not bothered it so far. I did have marigolds at both ends to help some.

    1. Eva James Post author

      I was surprised by this picking as we had been without rain too. But the rain was just right to get the plants established earlier this year and that helped.

    1. Eva James Post author

      I wont say I love the work lol But do love the taste of fresh green beans

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