As regular readers of this blog know, Wednesday at Coffee for Roses is for foodies…we spend the middle of the week in the heart of the home. Today, however, before we go into the kitchen I feel compelled to briefly talk what plants are all about. You see, every plant has a goal and keeping this in mind will help you to maximize your gardening whether you’re growing vegetables, flowers, or general landscaping.
Every plant has the same mission on this planet. Their purpose is always to push their genetics into the future. This means that their aim is either to produce seeds or to create such a strong and spreading root system that they or their progeny will continue to grow in the years to come. Knowing this helps the gardener…let’s take green beans as an example.
The bean plant produces beans not because it wants us to eat them, but because those beans contain the seeds that, if allowed to reach maturity, will grow bean plants into the future. If we gardeners regularly pick those beans, however, the plant’s response is to make more. So veggie gardeners who want a good crop of green beans learn that they need to be in the garden every other day, harvesting their beans. If you miss a week not only will the beans be larger, tougher, and a bit less delicious, but the plants will also stop flowering. Think about it: if those plants have already made enough seeds (which are inside the beans we eat) to push their genetics forward, they will stop flowering and forming more beans.
So one of the challenges for gardeners is to keep picking the young beans (or squash, lettuce and broccoli) so we encourage the plants to continue to produce. When you pick green beans every other day you will stimulate the production of more beans well into the fall.
I don’t know about you but although I love green beans that are fresh or pickled, I don’t love canned or frozen beans as much. What is the gardener who is picking fresh beans every other day to do with the abundance of produce? Roast them into Green Bean Fries!
Salt or Chili Powder or Curry Powder
Heat oven to 400 degrees.