Here's one corner of the garden; the picture was taken this morning.
|NE corner of the plot|
Yep, those are Chinese long beans ...which reminds me of small town moment we had recently. We were sitting at the bar for a wine tasting event and started chatting with the older woman next to us. After a while I just had to ask, "Do you have a garden this year?" The answer was no, but she had had them in the past and a lot of her friends gardened and were having a hard year, too; what had we planted? In my mind's eye I started in the patio pots and went on to the main garden, naming things from my mental image..."Japanese eggplant, tomatillos, basil, Chinese long beans, shishito peppers..." She interrupted me, "No wonder you're having a hard time, those aren't American plants! This is Smallish Small City, not some foreign country." I assured her that we also had all-American vegetables like okra and black-eyed peas (tee hee*) and changed the subject. When I run into her again I'll have to let her know that the international garden is doing well and the 'un-American' plants just took a little time to assimilate...I mean acclimatize.
Looking a little more closely at what's in the garden, there are still lots of blossoms...
|Chinese long bean blossom|
But they are slow to produce.
|rattlesnake green beans|
|tangle of rattlesnake green bean vines|
Happily, there's plenty of Swiss chard this year. I've found chard to be one of the most versatile culinary greens there is, it's easy to grow and it over-winters in our region.
|prolific, tasty, good-for-you chard|
|chard thinnings went on top of a stir-fry in early June|
*That's right, Intrepid Reader, okra and black-eyed peas have African origins but she didn't know that.