Garden update. Each year I try and plant something different. Last year I planted a half dozen different carrot varieties. Thus I had carrot soup filling the freezer. The year before it was Garden Huckleberries. (One year of those was enough.) And one year I planted grain substitutes; flax, amaranth, timothy, sorghum, millet, etc. And while I like to try new tomatoes each year they just are unusual enough.
This year the garden theme is dried beans. More specifically climbing dried beans. Other years I have planted Pink Lady, Red Lady, and Christmas Lima Beans. But this year, in addition to those three, I have also planted:
Good Mother Stallard
Hidatsa Shield Figure
True Red Cranberry
Sunset Runner Beans
And while they are all growing very well, the Pink Lady and Red Lady are still the hummingbirds favorites.
I selected these particular climbing beans because of the beans size. Bigger is easier to shuck come fall. Some also can be eaten as green beans, but I intend to use them solely for dried bean production.
Harvest time will tell if I chose well or not. More pictures then.