There used to be a thing called September…
Back when I was a lad and it was all fields around here, we had this thing called September. If I remember rightly, it was quite popular, lasted for 30 days, and generally allowed you to do about one twelfth of your annual tasks. However, in the good year of 2012, I seem to have misplaced it!
It was supposed to be a productive time. The growing season would slowly peter out, and with the Shitheap Greenhouse finished, it was a matter of building a few paths, laying some slabs for the floor, and building a few beds close by.
The end of September harkens Mrs IG’s birthday, and this year I decided to ship her off to Barcelona. Then the Mother contacted me with some news. Her husband is undergoing a battle with the Big C, and is unlikely to see his 75th birthday. Therefore, she was throwing a suprise pre-birthday birthday party. This meant that the Barcelona trip had to be moved forwards, and with travelling to the party, it ate into what should have been September. Then I discovered that I had to go off to Dusseldorf for work. In Dusseldorf I was amazed to discover that Minder is actually in German! It’s odd all those years that it was on TV I never noticed that.
Anyway, now I am back, and September seems to be over before it began (although the Barcelona trip was excellent, so I can’t say nothing has come out of the missing month).
The other thing that has come out of September is a bumper crop of long but thankfully stringless runner beans.
This year I went for both St George and White Lady runner beans. Both deliver hefty loads, both provide good sized pods, and both seem to be stringless, even at larger sizes. With regards to taste, I must admit that I tend to favour White Lady, which also doesn’t seem to interest the birds too much. The flowers are white, which isn’t as dramatic as the scarlet flowers of St George, but who gives a toss about flowers? It’s the beans we want.
I’d say the taste of White Lady is slightly better, the cropping is slightly heavier, and the pods are slightly larger. It’s a slight win on all fronts, but it’s still a win. If you like flowers, then St George wins it, but if you want flowers you should stop poncing around with beans and grow some flowers instead.
Currently we have around 25kg (that’s around 55lbs) of blanched runner beans in the freezer, not including the ones we’ve eaten fresh, and the plants are showing no sign of slowing.
Just around the corner is October. It’s thankfully free of travel, and one vital appointment is my MRI scan to find out what flavour of knee operation I need! I might also find out how successful my Barlotti beans have been.
I might even finish the greenhouse floor!
You never know…