Even though I've given up on my 365 project, I'm going to make an effort to post current photos as much as I can, occasionally going back further for photos that I really like.
This was taken late yesterday afternoon... The pole beans are starting to come in with abundance in my garden. This is a Fortex pole bean, with a tendril from a neighboring plant trying grab on to use it for a leg up.
I grow Fortex beans every year - they're nicely productive, and can get to a really large, overgrown size without toughening up if you miss a few days of picking. No strings, either. They're superb. (Mild flavor, too, if you have kids who don't like green beans.) This year I also planted some Monte Cristo pole beans - The Count of Monte Cristo has always been one of my favorite books, so I had to give them a shot. The individual beans are smaller, but there are more of them, so quantity/productivity seems to be a wash between the two varieties. Also perfectly stringless with no-fuss prep. I'd enthusiastically recommend both varieties.
I canned a few jars of green beans last year, but forgot to put the (optional) canning salt in the jars before processing. You wouldn't think it would make a big difference - that you could just add salt when cooking - but NOPE. Not delicious. I can only use them in recipes with a ton of other ingredients. Hopefully I can avoid that mistake this year!