The Chinese long beans are blooming today 😍 as are many of our beans now. Over the years, I have learned a lot from tending these gardens.. last year, I learned that I really ought to plant a LOT more beans. They fix nitrogen in the soil, so I always plant them among other vegetables. These long beans are growing among our heirloom tomatoes.
And talk about an easy crop 👍 It's a little tricky finding beans that will do well in our hot/humid summers, but, once you find them, it's practically effortless (and, once they start bearing, you get a harvest almost every day!).
I have shared before that my ultimate goal is to gradually transition these permaculture gardens to a perennial forest garden, and there has been a LOT going into that behind the scenes this year and last year... but perennials take time, especially trees, so I have quite a bit of annual vegetables in the meantime. I will always have some - beans and tomatoes, in particular, but the goal is to reduce the amount of other annual vegetables over the next few years. Annuals require so many inputs year after year... ask anyone who farms 😂 perennials generally require less, so that is the direction we are heading here.