We love the satisfaction we get from filling our bellies with food from our gardens. We have been enjoying fresh green beans all month. In addition, I’ve cooked up several pots of dry beans to be accompanied by homegrown tomato salsa. An easy to grow and prolific dry bean for the small homestead is the Nez Perce Bean whose small golden seeds make a delicious and nutritious addition to our diet. During this not so hot month of August, the seed collection has grown. We are thankful for these precious gifts from the garden which will form the basis for future gardens and happy bellies!
I’ve dried down a number of our Oregon Sugar Pod Peas to save for spring planting. To ensure that these have no bugs, we put them in the freezer for a few days.
Our August seed harvest also includes the first of many of the seeds we package and sell to our community. We are collecting Mexican Marigold Tagetes lucida, Ruffled Morning Glory Ipomea species, Love in a Puff Cardiospermum halicacabum, Holy Basil “Tulsi” Ocimum sanctum, Cilantro Coriandrum sativum, Nasturtium Mix Tropaeolum majus, and Steve’s selection from the Marigold Mix we may introduce next year.
Happy harvest time to you!