Saturday August 2nd 2014 Tim
I believe I have frozen the last Bean for 2014. There
will be more Beans this year, but they will not be frozen, and next year
around Bean planting time, I will endeavor to recall three things. The
first is that there are sometimes more Beans in the Vegetable Garden
than a person can reasonably expected to eat in a twelve month period.
The second is that an early summer mind is quite incapable of grasping
the value of thinning Bean plants. And the third thing that I must try
to recall is that a Bush Beans should be carefully picked daily from the
middle of June through the month of July, otherwise you get bad tempered
Old Men Beans.
To put it
in people terms, the perfect Bean to my mind is in something
like its twenties. Four inches at most. The green at this
age of a Bean is youthful, without being cradle robbing, and
there is a vitality to the Bean, a sort of stubbornness
which makes it reluctant to accept cruel separation
from the parent plant. As they get older, sometimes just one
day older, the younger Bean will begin to look around and
develop an attitude, a middle aged bulge, and this attitude
probably makes them perfect for the torture of canning.
Unfortunately the Canned Bean has a smell and flavor to it
that brings on an angst in your correspondent. Some knife
and fork memory, I guess.