July 29 column

Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Brimming with beans. It is an update on how my veggie garden has been doing.

We sure have been busy lately with the harvest of cherries, raspberries, blueberries, zucchini, onions, green beans and peppers. It's a lot of work right now but we will definitely appreciate it later, while we're feasting on some of the goodies I've either frozen or canned.

It was fun including a photo of the beans growing over the arbor with my column because this continues to be my favorite way of growing them. And no matter who visits my garden, the bean arbor always gets the most comments. It spans the path between two of my raised beds, providing me with shade while picking them, and the beans  primarily hang down on the inside of the arbor which makes picking a snap.

It's actually four separate powder-coated arbors that we bought at Fred Meyer a few years ago. The arbors are about 14" deep, about 40" wide and around 7 feet tall, but when I push them down into each raised bed, they're more like 6 1/2 feet tall. Fred Meyer frequently puts their arbors and trellises on sale so keep an eye on their ads if you'd like to try this method as well.

The photos above are also from my garden to give you a better view of how things are doing. Click on either photo if you want to see them close up.

Enjoy this beautiful day.