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Last hurrah for my garden’s tomatoes and beans

The days are getting shorter and the nights colder, but my garden still keeps chugging along with a final flurry of tomatoes and beans. Keeping up with them all has been the real challenge right now, and coming up with different and exciting ways to use them beyond endless tomato salads and pasta sauces.

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Late summer harvest: Bean Mereville di Piemonte

This has not been my best gardening season here in South Jersey. The incredibly wet early summer followed by intense heat, and a terrible beetle invasion made it difficult to keep any of my vegetable plants going. InĀ  frustration at the beginning of August, I dug up all of my quickly-bolted lettuce greens and put in two varieties of Italian bush beans courtesy Seeds from Italy: a purple variety known as Purple King and a variegated yellow/purple dwarf French bean by the name Mereville di Piemonte. Both have grown like crazy all August and September and now I have an excess of both to harvest and enjoy before the first frost.

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