I've been picking and shelling my dried beans this week. I found my Tarbais beans crossed last year. You can't tell the year it crosses as the seed coat and the pod are determined by the mother. But the next year you can. And I have three types of beans this year. The beans ought to look like the bean on the left. Large, white and kidney shaped. The middle ones have the wrong shape and the ones on the right have the wrong color. I'll eat the crossed ones and plant the uncrossed ones next year. If I find a lot of them have crossed again I'll have to switch varieties. Most of my beans won't cross even if planted right next to one other, but some insect can obviously cross pollinate that one given the right conditions (the year before it didn't cross).
Most of the beans that I shelled before my vacation were already dry enough to jar up so I did that. But I still have all the beans above to get dry. And more to pick out in the garden. Not much more to pick, but some. Most of the plants are dead already. It has been a hard year for bean diseases.
On better news, the Asian greens were doing well. I picked the first batch of them. Most of them and some cucumbers were put in the cooler and I gave them away to my artist's coop when I hosted a meeting. It was way more than what I needed and my townhouse mates had already taken what they wanted. In their place I planted some radishes and Japanese turnips. I don't know if they will have time to produce, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Also in the Asian greens bed I needed to thin out the third succession, which as you can see above is way too thick. I also planted out the fourth succession. I should have planted that one before my vacation, but again, maybe it will have time to produce. Some recent years have been very warm and sunny late into the fall which is not normal, but may be our new normal.
I also thinned out the spinach and replanted where the seed didn't come up. Spinach can be really hard to get up sometimes. But even if it is spotty, this spinach is Giant Winter. It can fill up a whole square foot on its own and my rows are just 6" apart.
And last but not least I checked on my carrots. As you can see they were very small. We ate them without weighing them. I think I'll check again in early to mid October. I hope they get bigger than last year. But the sun is getting lower in the sky and I'm getting more and more shade every day.