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Re: green beans

I plant short rows of beans every two weeks all summer, right up until the
middle of August.  That way I have a steady supply until frost but no great
excess at any one time.  
That is, that has been my practice for years.  This morning I went down to
put in another row and found that some creature has managed to get
under the garden fence and eat the tops off a couple of rows that were
just full of buds.  What was interesting was that he had also stripped the
leaves off all my borage plants - knocked down a couple of the large ones
in the process, but just stripped the smaller ones.  Didn't eat the flowers,
which are what I consider the edible part.  It was good that he waited - 
Monday I gave a program on herbs and was able to display some very
nice-looking borage, along with a bunch of others of course.
I think the culprit is a woodchuck - can't think what else.  Deer can't
get into this small fenced area, and raccoons don't do this sort of 
damage.  I found the place where I think he got under the fence, and
have blocked it up.  Several years ago we had this problem and buried
chickenwire below the bottom of the regular fence.  It has worked so far,
but the chickenwire seems to have rotted out in one place.  I lost my
early peas to something, but thought I had fixed that hole - this is another
place.  Frustrating and discouraging.  I planted more beans anyway - hope
we get to eat these.  I wouldn't mind sharing so much if they would just
leave some for me.
In a message dated 7/15/2008 9:15:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

what a difference a day makes.... Seems I was looking in the wrong spot
or something, cause I got green beans.. lotsa green beans. Picked a
couple of grocery sacks and there are still more out there.

So who knows how to preserve them?  Can I wash and freeze?  Cook first? Will 
they be all mush when defrosted?

I have never had this problem, ususally on package of seeds produces
just enough for us to eat....granted, it is a daily part of the diet,
but .....this year, there is no way we could eat all that is out there.

Dont suggest I give them away. I work with single guys who eat out and
if I have tons, so do the neighbors. The senior/community center closed
down due to the economy, so I can't unload them there either.

I really do try to only plant what we can eat....sigh.

BTW, thinking I am going to have the same problem with the peas, didn't
get that far today but seen a zillion plump ones. Must be the cool wet
summer we were having?


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