Monday, January 31, 2011

~ Garden Plans ~

I love this article on Food Freedom about growing plants vertically to maximize your gardening space thus maximizing yields. We created tipis last year for our pole beans and they were so pretty. We used Ironwood trees for our poles and twine strung from one side to another for extra supports. We had 28 plants on each tipi. The mistake I made was planting one variety too close to another and they cross pollinated so I couldn't really save seeds. We did get very interesting looking beans! This is a close up of the flowers that adorned our tipis. This particular one is from a Scarlett Runner Pole Bean. We also planted Rattlesnake Pole Beans and Hidatsa Pole Beans. The Rattlesnakes had lavender flowers and the Hidatsa had light pink flowers. These would be absolutely gorgeous growing up the side of a house. They will grow between 10 to 12 feet so they wouldn't really work for a front yard fence. You could grow peas that grow around 32" on a front yard fence and get the benefits of flowers, pretty greenery, and food! What more could you ask for? This is one of my favorite green bean recipes. The original recipe comes from Laurel's Kitchen, I have change it just a bit to our taste preferences.

Creamy Sesame Beans and Celery

3 c green beans, 3/4" length
1 c celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbsp arrow root powder
1 tsp of sea salt
1 c raw milk yogurt
1/2 c full fat cottage cheese
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano dash of garlic powder
1/4 c toasted sesame seeds, ground
1/4 to 1/2 cup sourdough bread crumbs
1 tbsp of butter

Cook green beans, celery, and onion in a small amount of stock until barely tender. Drain and reserve liquid to mix with arrowroot powder. Mix stock, sea salt, and arrowroot powder and mix with veggies. Add yogurt and stir; place in a deep casserole pan. Mix seasoning with cottage cheese and spread over vegetables. Melt butter and add sesame seeds and breadcrumbs, then spread them over the cottage cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. This post is shared at :


  1. we're going to have to give those tipis a try! and you're right, they are so pretty.

  2. I used a couple of tipis last summer in my garden and I plan to again, they do help to save space and I like the way they look. I am completely tired of cold and snow, your photos of your garden are beautiful.


  3. I will have to try a tipi, beautiful!

  4. This brings back fond memories of my daddy's wonderful pole beans! Your recipe looks right up our alley! Soon to be served at our house! Thanks for being a part of the HSV!

  5. P.S. Next link up is April 28th 10am EST!
    Susan - The HSV TEAM

  6. Thank you Susan ~ I am hoping to have a better post for the next link up, showing more of what we really have going on around here garden wise. It has been so crazy here lately!!