Overnight it seems there has been an explosion of color in the garden!
I just love yard-long beans. They are so unusual. We are growing Chinese Red Noodle Bean (from seeds I saved from last year’s plants):
80 days.This is the most stunning and unique bean I have grown yet. Fantastic deep red 18-inch pods are so delicious, full of nutrition, and they even keep most their color when sautéed! Long vines produce all summer and do well under many conditions. This incredible variety will draw lots of attention in your home garden or at market. We are so excited to offer this unique Chinese ethnic variety that produces fairly early. Small red seeds. (from www.rareseeds.com)
And we are also growing Thai Purple Podded Yard Long Bean:
Vigorous, high-yielding Thai variety. The lovely, deep purple pods have green tips, are crisp and stay tender to amazing lengths often reaching 20 inches! The productive variety is a local favorite in Thailand where long beans are appreciated as a very important staple crop. (from www.rareseeds.com)
The two varieties look identical (so I can’t tell which is which).
The greenery around this melon is a mass of citrus mint.
This corn would be doing better if it was getting some more sun. A maple tree has started to shade the bottom part of the garden. More about the Inca sweet corn:
A beautiful multicolored corn that was developed by Dr. Alan Kapuler. This sweet corn is wonderful cooked fresh, when the colors are still very pale; delicious real corn flavor. Mature ears are great for grinding into flavorful flour, and are perfect for fall decorations. The kids will love this one. (from www.rareseeds.com)
This corn is planted in the “back nine” part of the garden with sorghum (yellow bonnet), amaranth and sunflowers. Here are some pictures of this area:
Shouldn’t those beets and onions be growing underground? Yes, but in the areas in the garden where the soil is a bit more clay the root vegetables sometimes perch on top of the dirt.