Dear Green Bean Vines,
Why do you do this to me?
First, you're not producing well this year. But much, much worse than that, when I pick your skimpy offerings, you make me itch like a maniac! I know you're going to do this to me so I wear long pants and sleeves when I pick the beans but my hands, wrists and ankles are itching like crazy. And what do I get for my trouble? Not even enough for a mess o' beans. (That's what some of us call a pot of green beans here in the Ozarks.)
The tomato plants, on the other hand, are generous in their offerings this year and cause no itching unless a skeeter (that's a mosquito) bites me.
A couple of surprises in the garden this morning:
1. A sad looking cucumber vine had three whoppers on it. I fear they're so big they'll be bitter but I'll give them a try anyway. I was sure that plant was done for the year.
2. An overgrown zucchini was hiding under the leaves. It's surprising how easily they can hide and how quickly they grow!
The plant that seems to be the healthiest and producing the most this year is the jalapeno. The darned things are so hot, though, we can't eat them. I ate a tiny piece one night and nearly cried before the burning stopped.
Now, off to take another shower so the maniacal itching will stop!!!
PS (Green Bean Vines, I love you anyway!)