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It’s been a Long, Hot (& Dry) Summer

It’s been warmer than usual and the plants are not happy (at all)!
Global warming? Who knows … I’m not an expert and only exist on this nano spec of the globe with a backyard that has been and is still being roasted.

I chose the lesser of 2 “evils” … let everything grow, like a wild forest, because if the tall ones can survive the heat, they’ll provide the lower plants some shade.

It’s just wild!

It’s a real forest.

Survival of the Fittest.

The harvest has not been good either ~ oh! those poor plants ~ but …
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Long Beans (长豆) … but how long?

I’ve always called them Long Beans or 长豆 (zhǎng dòu) until coming to the US and heading to Asian produce stores only to see them being called Yard Beans. Now I use both terms though I’m still not sure how the term “Yard Beans” came about. Is it because it’s usually grown in people’s back yards or is it meant to grow to a yard (91.44cm) in length.

Not a yard in length  :(

Not a yard in length

I’ve grown this for a few years now and each season watch carefully, in case I do get one which is 1 full yard in length ~ so far, in vain.

almost 2ft

almost 2ft

Oh well, it grows easily during Florida’s spring and summer in half-shade, needs a trellis and has good vegetable protein. So …

Long beans goes well in fried rice!

Long beans goes well in fried rice!

These will be cut into ½ inch lengths and then into my wok contributing to this afternoon’s lunch.

Readers should try growing this too as they are decorative while edible and grow well in pots.

Ants on Beans

Yes, Ants are Antsy! Definition of Antsy: restless, anxious, fidgety. When you watch the worker ants, they are like Hercules, lifting matters twice their size and weight and just working continuously. Like Bees, they work to serve their queen and are willing to die for their colony.

No, I don’t love Ants but they I do find them fascinating. They have found my long beans, so now I have to watch carefully because when ants congregate, aphids are a-coming. They seem to have this ‘buddy-buddy’ relationship.

Ants ~ the pollinators

Ants ~ on the green long beans

Red long beans

None on the red long beans – yet.

I usually spray water with dishwashing liquid but 24hrs later they are back. Urgh! Does anyone have a good way of getting rid of Aphids and Ants without using chemical pest repellent(s)?