I grew giganti beans this year, the vine is still out there, the last of the beans on it I hope will dry. The vine is beautiful. Before it started to get cold, we had a hummingbird who'd come daily to the blooms.
I couldn't find giganti beans sold as seed, so I bought some from a gourmet food company. We ate most of the package and I planted a few....
That vine makes me happy. I love going out and looking at the huge pods every day. I hope they mature/dry before we get a hard frost or 10/15 when I will pull the vines.
We had tree work done early this spring. My veggie garden this year made me happy. Some things just didn't work: the old cherry tomato seed that did grow (very little of it) never flowered. Some of the potatoes/onions just rotted because of all the rain. But, I did get potatoes, onions, leeks, and green beans, shell beans, and some for drying.
This was the first time, ever, that the garden produced enough food to affect our food budget. The giganti vine, one red onion, a seeding lettuce, and the chickory which gives us radicchio every spring are the only food plants still in the veggie garden. The rest of it is weeds which need to be pulled and the beds mulched or beds which have been mulched.
When I pulled the pea trellis, I planted garlic in the bed, so we'll have more green garlic and scapes next spring. And we might have enough bulbs next year? I was shocked, the farm stand where I've been buying my weekly produce has garlic stalks for $4.99 each??? EACH? That seems insane for a crop you basically have to do nothing to get..! Everytime I think about that I take another head of garlic out there and tuck it in the ground.