Pulled all but 2 of the black soy bean plants and collected all the young soy pods. The 2 remaining plants are for seed saving. Will collect the pods when they turn brown.
Actually I did not pull the entire plant, instead cut the stem of each plant at the soil level, leaving the roots in the ground to add nutrients to the soil. Learned this from Mary, Mary’s Veggie Garden. Click Here to link to the rhizobia post.
I did not inoculate my soy bean seeds at planting time with rhizobia (a general purpose bean and pea inoculant) as Mary did, but I observed many nodules on the roots of my soy bean plants, guess these are rhizobia.
Above photo shows the nodules on the roots of the soy bean plant I pulled. Many came off when I pulled the plant.
Will be cutting all my bean and pea plants at soil level from now on leaving the roots in the ground to add nutrients to the soil.
Young Black Soy Beans (Edamame)
Harvest 3+ pounds. Parboiled for 5 minutes, cool in pot, shelled, placed in freezer bag, date and froze for later use (I did snack on some, well quite a bit, fresh & tasty).
As you can see from the above 2 photos many of the pods are not quite filled out, needed another week, maybe more, of growing.
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Cut the main stem (8 – 10 inches), left the side shoots to continue to grow
Cut stems and leaves into bite-sized pieces. Sautéed in a bit of oil with minced garlic and shallots, salt & pepper to taste. Simple but tasty.
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Window Box Callaloo/Green Amaranth
After 2 weeks, the window box callaloo/green amaranths (click on link and scroll down) were ready to harvest again. Got 8+ ounces. Blanched and froze for winter use.
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Yellow, Orange & Purple Carrots
These are thinning from my direct sown (not from transplants) yellow, purple and orange carrots. They are small, the largest ones are thumb-size the others are finger-size.
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Made a quick chicken stir-fry. Click here for recipe. I substituted yellow orange & purple carrots, purple kohlrabi and scallion for the lotus root, broccoli and cauliflower.
Chicken, Kohlrabi & Carrots Stir-fry
Served in steamed pita halves (sorry, forgot to take photo)
The yellow carrot is yellow inside as well and stays yellow after cooking. The purple carrot is orange inside, but cooked unpeeled the skin remains purple (see the slice in the center lower 1/3 of the photo). You guessed it, I will be cooking my purple carrots unpeeled.
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Red Noodles Long Beans
Decided to showcase the plant instead of the first harvest. Should have taken the photo before the harvest then you would see many more beans hanging on the vines, ah well, I do have 20/20 hindsight.
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Hope I get to those soon-to-be-ready berries before the critters
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Second Crop of Strawberries
That one was BIG. Hopefully I will get some wholesome uneaten ones
I am losing the battle with the critters.
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