Putting Up Green Beans From Our Garden

Our green bean plants are beautiful this year. Matt and the boys have been picking beans like crazy. I guarantee that when they bring a bucket of green beans in to me, I display a much more excited reaction than if they were to bring me a bouquet of flowers. Garden produce makes my heart flutter. :)

Here was our counter-full of beans last week once we picked, snapped, and blanched them for the freezer. (Don’t you worry. We ate a bunch of them too.)  :)

You can learn more about how we prepare green beans from the garden here. Even if you don’t grow your own beans, I’d recommend looking into purchasing fresh beans from your local farmer’s market or another resource near you. They are soooooo good!

If you have any fun homemaking tips, we’d love for you to share them in the comments section or link them up here today. Feel free to share kitchen tips, cleaning solutions, recipe ideas, cooking short-cuts, household money-saving suggestions, decorating ideas, gardening tips, or anything else you feel fits this category. (No product reviews or giveaways – thanks!) As always, when linking your blog post, please post a link back to this blog so that your readers will know where to find more Homemaking Hints.



  1. says

    Your green bean harvest looks amazing! I shared a post about softening laundry naturally (which took me years to figure out, because apparently I’m slow like that!). Thanks for hosting.


    Kayla Reply:

    Some great things I hadn’t heard of! I put a wash cloth with 2 safety
    pins on opposite corners in the dryer like a dryer sheet to combat the
    static. I don’t think I’m dedicated enough to separate by fabric type.
    Maybe someday! :D


    Bethany Reply:

    The more kids I have the easier it becomes to separate by fabric type–I have a much bigger pool of clothes with which to work. :)


  2. says

    I really don’t care for green beans. My baby loved them as a baby now she’s almost 4 and “try” as in something new is a bad word around here. Slowly, she’s trying new things, which usually means licking but I’m sure she’ll grow out of it. Anyway, I LOVE this link up!!!! :D


  3. Brooke says

    Are green beans pretty easy to grow? How do they grow? Bush like? vines?? maybe that will be part of my garden next year!


    Laura Reply:

    They are pretty easy to grow. Although we have definitely had good and bad years with ours in which some years, they just don’t produce well. There are “pole” bean varieties which grow up a vine, but we prefer “bush” beans so that we don’t have to rig up something for our beans to crawl up.


    amy@twobgardening Reply:

    I’ve had great luck with “tenderettes” they are a bush bean. No strings and easy to grow.


  4. says

    We are still waiting on ours a few more weeks until they are ready. Yours look yummy and I can’t wait! We do a mixture of freezing and canning. My husband grew up eating home canned green beans so we always have to have some on hand.


  5. Joy says

    We have tried both freezing and canning our green beans, and canning wins out in our family. I know there are fewer nutrients preserved this way, but our frozen green beans turned out like rubber! Even the chickens wouldn’t touch them. At least I can get my kids to EAT beans throughout the winter months if they are home canned. We are also having a bumper crop of green beans this year. There have been years where they didn’t do so well. I think for us the key is getting them in the ground early and harvest early – before the bugs have a chance to attack!


  6. Lana says

    Toss with olive oil and chopped garlic and roast in a 450 degree oven for 12 minutes or so. YUM!


  7. sarah says

    Funny about getting more excited over fresh beans than you would over flowers. I just said the same thing to a friend who brought me a bucket of wild raspberries their family had picked. It’s so true!


  8. rachel says

    Garden season is upon us again…I get so excited! We are in zone 5 and just planted potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach, garlic and radishes this weekend. Anyway, after reading your posts, I thought I would pass on this time-saving tip that we have been using for a few years. In our garden, we put newspaper in the walkways (wet it down so it doesn’t blow away while you’re working) and cover it with straw. Then we mulch all around the plants with thick layers of straw. This keeps the weeds down (especially the newspapers), which adds up to hours saved in weeding. Also, the straw and paper break down over the summer and get tilled back into the soil.


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