Glad you don’t bite, Rattlesnake Bean!

Three ripe tomatoes on vine in garden

Welcome to our Garden Edition of this blog.

Don’t you love late summer? 

When you can–if you’ve planted a garden during the spring or early summer–harvest your lunch from just outside your front door?

Tender young zucchini

At 11 a.m. I ventured outside into our garden.  Opened the electric fence (meant to keep out Mama Deer, Papa Buck and Munching Fawns who–in the past–have eaten the entire garden.)

Wide open zucchini flower

First I peeked at the zucchini and squash.  A few days ago I made zucchini relish because we had so many monster squash growing.  We didn’t think we would have any acorn or butternut squash this year due to the dry second-half-of-the-summer but, hey, you know what?  I am predicting that we might get a squash or two. 

Our very crooked row of second-generation lettuce

I surveyed our second-generation lettuce.  You know what second-generation lettuce is?  It’s when you harvest the first generation and then let the stalk continue to grow.  We’re about ready to toss our last salad with garden lettuce then pull up our crooked row. 

The garden is on its way out.

Glory of swiss chard

The “Rainbow” Swiss Card and hearty kale have been delightful this year.  Eat your greens, kids!  We hear the Greeks live longer than the rest of us because they eat their greens.  Last night Kiah sautéed onions and added marinara sauce to our kale.  Magnificent! 

Glad you don't bite, Rattlesnake Bean

Today I started–sigh–pulling up the bean plants.  After harvesting all the remainder of the Rattlesnake beans, that is.  You all know that Rattlesnake Beans are kin to the Pinto Bean, don’t you?  They are very good.  Nice growing beans.  We recommend them thoroughly.

Rattlesnake bean flower

Pulling up the bean plants is No Fun.  I do not like this job.  First, you have to admire little flowers who are attempting to bloom atop.  Then you look at the dusty dry soil underneath and the yellow leaves and know that–no matter what those little flowers seem to be saying–it’s time to pull.

When you pull up the beans...the challenges which remain in the bean fence.

 The challenge of pulling beans is this.  See that photo up above?  Tell me how you’re going to separate the wrapped tendrils from the fence.  Really, you can’t do it very well.  Thus the tendrils and fence shall remain intertwined, forever more.  You try to do a good job.  But you simply can’t separate every strand. 

A Larger Garden View

See what our garden looks like from a larger view?  Too bad it’s been such a dry late summer.  Rain poured abundantly in June, then refused to sprinkle for weeks on end. 

Yet–this always amazes me–no matter what we think–the garden always produces enough.

Enough is just right.  Enough is perfect.

Garden lunch

By noon the brocoli and beans and zucchini and carrots were simmering.  I added some minced “bunched onions” that look and taste like chives along with some hoisin sauce and sesame oil.  Served the garden veggies atop rice and sighed with delight.  Yes!  Late August garden lunch!  Nothing better in the whole world…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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24 Responses to Glad you don’t bite, Rattlesnake Bean!

  1. Susan Derozier says:

    Kathy – I came here on my way to figure out what to have for supper. I want some of what you have! It looks wonderful. What a beautiful garden and how hard to see it end. What I wouldn’t give for a really tasty tomato. They are so tasteless from the store. My cupboard is a bit bare right now so think I’ll do with ritz crackers and peanut butter for my fare. Maybe a peach on the side. Hugs and enjoy your nummies.

  2. Dawn says:

    YUMM! You garden did way better than mine…maybe more sun! Never saw those beans before, might have to try them!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Dawn! Somehow I doubt we had more sun…we’re pretty sheltered here in the woods. Even though it looks like we did pretty good with our garden, it really wasn’t stellar. Wishing you many tomatoes and zucchini. And you should try those snakes. Good beans. 🙂

  3. Brenda Hardie says:

    Yummy! Your lunch looks delicious! And your supper sounds delicious too :). You are so right..”Enough is just right. Enough is perfect”. My garden, although small has been producing green beans by the bucketsfull! I have picked 6 heaping pails of green beans, twice and will need to get out there in a couple days and do it again! Had a wonderful harvest of pea pods earlier in the summer and my cherry tomatoes are coming in great. The Romas are in but still green and so are the tomatoes that grew wild behind the shed. The zucchini are still coming in too. My green beans were bush beans, and my peas were climbers but were easy to get off the fence. The morning glories, however will take some work…I usually wait until the following spring and then it’s easier. Yes indeed…enough is just right!
    ps I’ve never tried rattlesnake beans…do you use them like pinto beans?

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Brenda, thank you for sharing your garden report. I am glad you resonated with the “enough” thoughts. You actually cook rattlesnake beans just like any other green beans. I don’t know if you dried them whether they would be treated like pintos. I’ve never grown fresh pintos. Hmmm…good question. We have to make salsa soon–today or tomorrow. A good project for Labor Day weekend. Happy gardening, friend!

  4. lynnekovan says:

    Everything looks delicious! This time of year it’s difficult to maintain momentum in the garden. I tend to let it go, and not do those tidying up jobs you describe. Maybe I’ll break a habit of a lifetime and do it this year! Unfortunately, in my English-postage-stamp size garden I don’t have room for veg, but I have enjoyed yours from afar!

    • Kathy says:

      Lynne, a garden certainly takes work, doesn’t it? And it’s often hard in the summer to find the time and inclination to tend it. Barry rototills ours, and then I do the weeding between plants. Sometimes it can be very meditative to sit and work in the shade of a hot summer morning. Good luck with your own garden.

  5. Susan D says:

    Thank you for sharing the late summer fare. Green is good, SO good. My eyes and spirit are nourished.

  6. I am so envious of your garden! I planted some lettuces and harvested a few salads, but July’s heat and dryness really took their toll 😦 I have a couple tomatoes just coming on, and I hope they’re good. Going to have to rearrange next year. I’m very interested to hear how you eat those rattlesnake beans. They look interesting and yummy!

    • Kathy says:

      You eat the rattlesnake beans just like regular green beans. We actually buy them at our co-op, so maybe they are heritage seeds? They are organic, and very good. I know what you mean about this dry year wreaking havoc on our Michigan gardens. (After that wet June, that is.) Hoping you’ll be munching on tomatoes soon.

  7. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I always look forward to your garden and food blogs!! And the recipes and photos that you’ve shared. Yum! Zucchini relish was our go-to-always-in-the-pantry staple when the boys were growing up. The recipe card is splashed and tattered, barely readable, lots of fond memories with that one. We don’t have gardens here, except in pots, but are blessed to live just a moments drive from farm markets/stands. fruit and nut orchards, many organic growers/farms and more. A very bountiful part of the country here, that we try not to take for granted.

    Thank you for sharing your garden. And your wonderful meals and thoughts. And Kiah ….it sounds as if you have a lovely way with food!

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, it sounds like you are able to enjoy some wonderful fresh fare from your current home. I am happy to hear you are no stranger to zucchini relish! One of the best things that happened from my gall bladder challenges is that we learned to eat in an even more healthy manner. It feels good to eat so natural. Thank you for your lovely comments!

  8. Sybil says:

    The only way to improve that lunch is to have some fresh tomato on the side. Nothing like a slice of warm tomato, fresh from the garden !

  9. Robin says:

    The garden at this time of year is a wondrous thing. Your lunch looks super yummy. 🙂

  10. Lunch looks delicious!! I’d be happy with a tomato or two 😉

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