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1 Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:06 pm

thesweetestpea

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Just got out of the shower after picking half of my little patch of green beans (4x4') a few ripe tomatoes and zucchini.  I have loads of green peppers and some are ready for stuffed peppers.  I will have to get some pepper supports for next year as some of my plants are laying sideways from the weight.  I have a few cukes ready and quite a few half ripe tomatoes.  It was a challenge as my fibro is flared up and my joints are red and swollen -- but I can't leave them to the birds.  Larry just made me a bologna and tomato sandwich and oh my, summer on bread -- that mater is delish, it's a pink beefsteak. Off to the meat market tomorrow to get some smoked hocks and ham to put in my beans and some red creamer or Yukon potatoes too.

2 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:24 pm

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Oh, man, a bug pot of those baby red potatoes or fingerling potatoes, green beans and ham chunks!

With a fresh tomato salad on the side!

Have you ever planted potatoes? They are SO much fun. They use to be the girls' favorite crop because it was always such a surprise to dig them when the plants died down. It was like a buried treasure hunt! And any potato that gets eyes, like a few from the store that you forget about are all you need, not just seed pototoes. So, basically free! The ones freshly dug, washed & cooked give you a true taste of "new" potatoes. We always loved the little baby ones cooked first and then let the larger ones we let dry a bit.

3 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:55 pm

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I grew them and sweet potatoes when we had the big garden. I'm going to grow some in the grow bags next year. I have some Romano beans planted, only half of a bed about 2x4' and they should be ready soon. I have the same area planted with bush limas, but they are a ways off yet.

4 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:04 pm

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Ooooooo! Fresh limas! We love Lima beans. I always tried to plan enough for leftovers to have the second meal with corn for a nice side of succotash but Dane and I usually just kept eating them until they were gone! Of course, I wasn't smart enough to take out the additional serving BEFORE dishing up for the table.....dummy me. LOL

5 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:08 pm

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bethk wrote:Ooooooo! Fresh limas!  We love Lima beans.  I always tried to plan enough for leftovers to have the second meal with corn for a nice side of succotash but Dane and I usually just kept eating them until they were gone!  Of course, I wasn't smart enough to take out the additional serving BEFORE dishing up for the table.....dummy me.   LOL
We love 'em, too, Beth, though it's usually dried (or even canned). I make 'em just like I do other beans -- with a ham bone or smoked ham shank. We serve them on top of rice, as well. Pickled onion slices are good on top, too. Neither of us are crazy about succotash so we eat them up without guilt!

6 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:02 pm

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I take the lazy way to cook them when I do a meatloaf or chicken in the oven that bakes at 350 degrees for an hour. I put them in covered glass dish and add 3 Tbsp. of water for a 12 to 16-oz. bag and either add some sliced green onions or shallots or a little onion powder, salt and pepper. They soak up most of the water, don't dry out and we add some butter to the dish and more salt if needed. I will also do a casserole of mac & cheese or some baked potatoes at the same time and dinner's in the oven in about 15 minutes and I can go do something else for 1 hour. Then it's just dip it up and eat. Nothing fancy but gets the job done when I might have run out for burgers or KFC and cheaper and better for us. We have enough for a second meal and meatloaf sammies or extra chicken for a casserole or soup. I could eat the whole pkg. of limas myself and when it's summer I will make up 2 pkgs and add some fresh corn for succotash to the leftovers or you can add it when you cook the limas in the oven.

7 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:10 pm

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I like to add a little milk or half and half, a pat of butter,s&p and just maybe a tiny pinch of sugar, depending on the taste of the leftover beans. I've made them with frozen edamame and corn for a "fake out" succotash to fool Dane. He's never questioned the substitution/addition.

8 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:51 pm

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You shouldn't eat edamame or soy products unless they say organic and non-GMO. 91% of the soy crop grown in the US is GMO which means it may have monkey genomes or chromosomes or whatever bred into the beans. Don't buy vegie oil or soybean oil -- safflower is a better choice, olive, peanut, sunflower etc. So that means fries in a restaurant are loaded with soy oil or vegie oil. It is sickening to know that Monsanto is breeding this stuff and making pesticides/fungicides that are killing the bees. I don't really subscribe to organic being the best but this GMO stuff is scary and you have to think of what's been feed to cattle, hogs, etc. I try to buy as much natural stuff as I can but it is cost prohibitive.

9 Re: Loads of green beans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:03 pm

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I've never heard that....went and checked my package of frozen edamame...it is Kroger organic.

So, I guess I don't have to worry now.

10 Re: Loads of green beans on Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:32 am

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bethk wrote:Oh, man, a bug pot of those baby red potatoes or fingerling potatoes, green beans and ham chunks!

With a fresh tomato salad on the side!

Have you ever planted potatoes?  They are SO much fun.  They use to be the girls' favorite crop because it was always such a surprise to dig them when the plants died down.  It was like a buried treasure hunt!  And any potato that gets eyes, like a few from the store that you forget about are all you need, not just seed pototoes.  So, basically free!  The ones freshly dug, washed & cooked give you a true taste of "new" potatoes.  We always loved the little baby ones cooked first and then let the larger ones we let dry a bit.
Daughter and BF plant potatoes on the farm inside old tires. Starting with the first tire, lay it down; fill with soil, and plant pieces of taters with an eye in each piece... When they start to grow, and the leaves stick up above the tire, add the next tire on top, and just fill that tire with dirt around the leaves. When it becomes tome to harvest when the next leaves appear and turn color, just knock the tires apart, and there are the potatoes. No Digging and or searching!

11 Re: Loads of green beans on Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:53 am

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Now, how clever is that?

But even with that labor-lessening method there is still the thrill of sifting through to find all those little marble size potatoes for supper tonight and then the larger ones to dry and have later. What can I say? I'm easily amused! LOL

12 Re: Loads of green beans on Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:33 am

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Uncle Jimmy wrote:Daughter and BF plant potatoes on the farm inside old tires. Starting with the first tire, lay it down; fill with soil, and plant pieces of taters with an eye in each piece... When they start to grow, and the leaves stick up above the tire, add the next tire on top, and just fill that tire with dirt around the leaves. When it becomes tome to harvest when the next leaves appear and turn color, just knock the tires apart, and there are the potatoes. No Digging and or searching!
I just love that idea, Jimmy. Of course, we have no farm, no tires and a very small back yard. I can just see Brian's face if I haul some old tires home, though I'm very sure the "boy" in him would love to try it!

We made a raised garden 8' x4' this spring -- well, late spring. We have to laugh, as our two cats, Fred and Lola (especially Lola!), think we built them a giant litter box all for themselves. Every time I see Lola getting in it, I rap my knuckles on the back window and she runs for the hills!

13 Re: Loads of green beans on Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:02 am

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They have nicer looking ones you can purchase LOL they are black plastic and are multi-layered like the tires. I'd be a little afraid of tires nowadays since they are supposedly filled with chemicals that need to be disposed of in a special dump. Who knows they might be safe and the government just created another way to make money through the EPA.

14 Re: Loads of green beans on Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:32 am

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I'm thinking there must be som other creative ways to container garden a deep pot that's break away for potatoes. I get lots of ideas from the Pinterest gardening site.....a picture is worth a thousand words!

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