I love to read books about gardening, it makes me feel like I'm doing a lot more than I'm actually doing. But I have to admit, I haven't learned nearly as much from these gardening books as I have actually growing things in real life! It's like the plants sort of explain themselves to me step by step so I understand a little more each year how to do things. This year it was a lucky accident that we were able to harvest seeds to grow more green beans next year. We loved eating our green beans, and we ate them daily for a few weeks in the middle of the summer. But then they slowed down and grew big and fat, and not as delicious, and at the same time the crook-neck squash starting taking over the bean patch and we weren't able to get at them anymore.
A few weeks ago when we cleared out the dead squash vines, we happened upon these lovely brown pods. It was our delicious green beans, ready for us to save their seeds and grow more next year. Luckily I planted heirlooms so hopefully our crop turns out similar in the second season.