Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Corn and Green Beans

The corn and green beans at my parents' house are growing strong. Maybe it's the good soil, the one my father has kept in impeccable shape. Or it's the sunlight .. Whatever it is, I'm just in awe of the healthy growth. Since we only planted the seeds for these a month ago, they aren't large enough to actually harvest any vegetables. (I am so jealous of you gardeners who have abundant vegetables waiting to be picked out of your garden!)

Below: The tall corn... Behind it are the green beans

I think I waited rather late to start my garden this year. Next year, I will start to do a little bit more research about the exact type of plants I'll need. And I will start planting seeds and seedlings in late March or early April. Of course, the tomato plants will need to wait until after all threat of frost. But I might try other cool, spring vegetables.

I wonder if it is too late to plant more seeds? What are some vegetables that perfect to plant now? Any ideas?

Back to the green beans. At Cam's house, I pulled out all the dead pea plants and replaced them with green bean seeds. Hopefully, I will have better luck.

The green beans in the shaded portion of my parents' raised beds are growing at a remarkable rate. Some of the leaves aren't so pretty, but for the most part, they are green and growing.

Below: Green beans... We should thin it out, but I don't want to minimize my chance of getting a good harvest.

I wonder if this is the beginning of a tiny bean... Could it be or is it just my wishful thinking? :-)


Dawn said...

I don't know, but it looks like a starting bean to me.

Gail said...

They look healthy...all green and ready to make beans for you!

Skeeter said...

The leaves sure do look healthy and green so you should have a great crop!

tina said...

It is not too late to still plant. Beans, cukes, gourds, melons, portulac all come to mind. Even corn for succession planting.

Dan said...

You can start cool season crops for the fall as well as spring. If you missed planted them this spring why not try this fall. I am planting a late crop of broccoli and turnip late summer for fall harvest. You can also have a late crop of potato's, carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage etc. Now timing is an issue and not being from your zone I can not offer advise on that but I have a late crop planting date of July 17. Basically you just subtract the days to harvest from your first hard fall frost and you should be in the clear.
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DP Nguyen said...

Dawn, Gail, and Skeeter: Thanks for the optimism! I hope it is productive this time.

Tina and Dan: Thank you for the ideas. I think I'll start some more summer crops and a few fall crops in late July or early August.