Am I the only one who feels slightly unsettled by long beans? They remind me of tentacles. Or creepy long fingernails. You see it too, right? I’m not crazy, right?
…but hey, at least they taste good! So there’s that! I was just complaining about how I never get more than a dozen or so beans from my other bean plants. Well, Red Noodle Long Beans are the solution to this problem because a dozen of these beans is definitely enough for a meal. If you can get over the tentacle-ness.
It’s now the end of July, and I’ve been a little disappointed with my garden. Last year, I didn’t get very many vegetables at all. I was convinced it was because I got a late start and that this year would be better. Oh yes, it would! This year, we’d be eating veggies from the garden everyday. I’d go outside with a big basket and fill it up with sun-ripened tomatoes and handfuls of beans. In fact, I’d have so many zucchini and cucumbers and eggplant, I’d end up having to give them away.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m pretty sure the main culprit is the heat. Even with plenty of water, my plants are all wilted and sad looking by mid-afternoon. I had lots of little cucumbers, melons, and beans that started to grow, but once the extreme heat started, most of those little baby fruits and veggies started to shrivel on the vine. The squash plants were doing well until vine borers got to them and then the one squash plant that survived the borers ended up getting powdery mildew.
Am I discouraged? HECK YES. I’m going to be starting fall seeds soon, so I’m trying to focus on that rather than my failure of a summer garden. And I’m also trying to focus on the plants that are doing well:
I found this Petit Gris de Rennes melon when I went out to take pictures. I didn’t even know it was growing!
There were a bunch of Ichiba Kouji melons growing on the vine, but this is the only one that didn’t shrivel up. You can see the leaves aren’t looking to healthy, but the melon itself seems to be doing well.
How has your garden handled the heat this summer? Are you noticing smaller harvests this year too?