End of Summer?

Someone needs to tell my green beans.

bucket of beans 2a_edited-1

And my peppers.

I’m picking green beans every day now.
They have gotten their second wind I guess.


That basil plant needs to be made into pesto as well.
It’s not the sweet basil you normally see. It has a slightly different taste but we really like it.
This one has much cleaner leaves without being bothered by as many pests.


I’m not pointing any fingers. 
But I have found several of these guys this year and they still freak me out!

Anyway, with my bean stalk not quitting anytime soon I decided to start freezing them.

beans trip

It’s pretty simple. You just blanch them. Fancy word for boiling like 2 or 3 minutes. Then you throw them in some ice water to halt the cooking. Then they are ready to freeze if you want. Or you can do this prior to sautéing them in some garlic and olive oil. Or you can dip them into a dill and greek yogurt dip and munch away.

They stay nice a bright green this way too.

I froze some of my peppers as well. I did not blanch them. I just washed, sliced and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then after the froze individually I put them in ziploc bags. That way I can take out what I need without them all being frozen in a big clump.

I planted more lettuce now that it cooled off a bit. I hope they do better then in the spring.

Anyone still have a garden growing?
Whatcha got left? 
I'd love to hear.



  1. we made our last batch of pesto last night! and i want some of your beans!

  2. Wow, that's quite the harvest you have there...what a huge basil plant! That caterpillar makes my stomach turn. Ugh.

  3. With the heat wave this summer I'm surprised how well your garden did. I love fresh green beans but I've never had them fresh from the garden.

  4. Yummy for fresh veggies. I never want summer to end for that reason. That little guy looks like he will become a beautiful butterfly. The love parsley.

  5. No garden here. Although I do have a compost pile. You know, just in case I want to try a garden. And just what the hell is that caterpillar thing? Go you for having a green thumb. I envy.

  6. I love basil, too, Anita! Mine is now "kaput". I made a big batch of pesto and froze it, so that we can enjoy it year round!!

  7. um - what IS that thing?? creepy!

  8. Maybe one day I'll have a garden!! So cool to have all the veggies..., and you seem to know what you're doing, haha..., including freezing techniques! Good to hear from you again!

  9. Our garden is basically through, but when we got home yesterday we had more peppers. I need to check out the kind of basil plant you have for next year.

  10. Those greenbeans look great. Our garden did poorly this year because Hubby was not able to care for it. I managed to plant tomatoes, peppers and okra, but the grass and weeds did much better than the vegetables.


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