Green beans in Alison’s Garden

I never realized how much I like green beans until I started growing them in my garden.  You plant the seeds and they grow.  It’s really that simple.  For the past few years we’ve planted beans, watched them sprout and THEN witnessed the aftermath of hungry deer who ate them almost to the ground.  Luckily, although they were chomped they continued to grow and produce a lovely crop of beans each year.  

I love watching my beans make their way through the dark soil as they seek sunlight.  This year I grew and heirloom variety of bush bean called ‘Contender’.  It’s an early bean, delicious and stringless.

A seedling starts to emerge.

It’s already been a long journey and you can see the leaves start to unfurl.

A proud little bean sprout!

Then deer chomped our beans!  Bummer.

Happy to report that the beans recovered and produced beautiful flowers and beans!

I like to steam my green beans for about 2 minutes and add a little olive oil, salt & pepper, but they are so good I will eat them raw from the garden, too.  How do you prepare your green beans?



  • Carey

    August 27, 2010 at 8:25am ·

    I love them sauteed with garlic (and if feeling naughty- a little bacon!). My husband just made some Dilly Beans- which I’d never had before but are pretty good and a good way to use them up.

  • alison

    August 27, 2010 at 8:46am ·

    I love dilly green beans, too. Moosewood Cookbook has a great recipe. My husband would love if I added bacon to anything!

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