Jade. Walla Walla.

Fairly exotic names for rather commonplace vegetables: green beans and sweet onions.

Picked fresh this afternoon and prepared for dinner, the freshness and flavor of the two combined was anything but commonplace!

Thinly sliced onions, sauteed in butter with fresh thyme and rosemary a bit of greek seasoning. Quickly stir in the green beans (stemmed but unbroken). Add a half cup of water to lightly steam them…5 minutes later, the best green beans, ever! Is there anything better than taking a vegetable straight from the garden to the table?

The gardens are just beginning to produce. The late frost and extremely cold spring made for a late planting season for zone 5b. The tomatoes are still green, though I expect we will have our first ripe Brandywine within the next week or so.

I love gardening. True, it’s not much fun weeding when the temperatures head towards the 90’s, but your efforts are well rewarded.

Here are a few pictures of the gardens:


Jade…by far my favorite green beans. So long, Kentucky Wonder!


The kitchen garden: onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs…


The pantry garden: cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, squash, lettuce.


The Sunflower Grotto…a work in progress, but what fun!


Our very small Mary Garden: annuals, roses and herbs associated with Our Lady.

So…how does your garden grow? Are you canning and preserving the harvest? Still waiting? Do you have any favorite hybrids or heirloom vegetables? Just curious…