Mary's Veggie Garden

July 23, 2012

Harvest Monday July 23, 2012

Filed under: Beans,Diseases,Gardening,Late Blight,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:36 am

July 16-22 was a good week for harvest but I didn’t take many pictures.

Royal Burgundy beans and Totem tomato

Tuesday I harvested my first beans for the year. I’m trying Royal Burgundy for the first time.  It’s been years since I’ve grown a bush green bean and I’m not liking the harvest – squatting down or bent over searching for the beans. The Royal Burgundy plants are bush beans, but the plants are tall – maybe 2′ and floppy. I put in short, slender poles but the plants do not climb at all. The plants seem quite brittle. Already I’ve snapped several leaf stems. And flavor? Poor when eaten as a raw baby bean. The cooked flavor is not as good as my Rattlesnake pole beans, but I should wait until I harvest Rattlesnake to make a definitive statement.

Harvest for the week:

Beans: .6 lb. Royal Burgundy
Beets: 4.1 lbs. Cylindra  & 1.5 lbs. Red Ace. The beets were oven roasted for a family BBQ and the rest given raw to family for later use.
Broccoli: .24 lb. Packman side shoots.
Carrots: .55 lb. Napoli (finally thinned that planting) and 2.86 lbs. Yaya for a the veggie platter at the BBQ.
Onions: .9 lb. used in cooking.
Peas: .3 lb. Cascadia snap peas – harvested as I ripped out the vines.
Potatoes: 1.26 lbs Blue Gold.
Rhubarb 6.25 lbs. for my mother, for baking.
Squash 1.1 lbs. Zephyr summer squash.

Tomatoes: 2.25 lbs. Sungold from my 3 plants in my very sunny community garden plot, and .31 lbs from my 4 plants at home in the shade. It’s amazing what a bit of sun does.  I grew the plants myself, and transplanted them all within a day of each other, but first harvest at home was 8 days later than first harvest at the community garden.

Friday, an email from the Cooperative Extension announced that ‘Late Blight has been confirmed in Poughkeepsie’ and the Sunday paper said the location was a ‘farm in Poughkeepsie’. The only farm in town shares Vassar Farm with the community gardens containing my plots. It’s going to be a tough summer. I’m off to the garden center to see of they have anything other than copper for organic gardens. I’m sure my Saturday spray of copper washed off in this morning’s thunder-storm and rain is predicted for several days this week. And my tomatoes were looking so good, the best in years, probably due to the dryness up until 7/11 and my use of plastic.



  1. I have the same issues with bush beans. The Royal Burgundy beans are pretty though. Hope your tomatoes (and mine) survive and stay healthy, I am still waiting for my first tomato.

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 23, 2012 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  2. Those beans are just beautiful! I’m interested in the outcome of your taste test.

    Comment by zentMRS — July 23, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • The taste comparison will be in a couple weeks. The Rattlesnake beans started flowering a few days ago.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 23, 2012 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  3. I like the Royal Burgundy because it germinates and grows well in cool soils (which in my growing region is usual in the early summer) and they are easier to see to pick. I have found them to be slightly less tasty than the other green bean varieties I grow, but honestly not so much different that it outweighs the beneifts of being a good cool soil green bean. I hate picking bush beans in general though, it is one of the more back breaking harvests of the summer season.

    Comment by kitsapfg — July 23, 2012 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

    • I plan my bean harvest to start just after I remove my peas. So I plant beans around Memorial Day when the soil is plenty warm enough in NYS. Beans & peas fill the same slot in our cooking 🙂

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 24, 2012 @ 5:36 am | Reply

  4. Yeah, Royal Burgandy is more floppy and trailing than other bush beans. I’m looking for one that is more bushy to fill the slot until the pole beans start in.

    Comment by maryhysong — July 24, 2012 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

    • I’ve not yet figured out how long to cook them. I like my beans tender crisp, and I’m going to need to seriously lengthen my cooking time to reach tender. My Rattlesnake and Blue Coco pole beans were just right when they lost their blue/purple color, but not Royal Burgundy.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 24, 2012 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  5. What later season crops should we planning for and when can we put what in?

    Comment by Hella — July 25, 2012 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

    • Hella,
      To see what I grew last fall, use my search box to find ‘October snow’ or use this link:
      You can direct sow peas – best done before the end of July so harvest starts by Oct. 1. I’ll be planting mine in the next few days now that most of the potatoes are dug. Everything else was transplanted 8/7-8/15 last year. The Chinese greens do particularly well this time of year – Napa Cabbage, bok choi, mustard,turnip greens and some can be direct sown.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am | Reply

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