September 24, 2008

The View from Here

September is such a beautiful time in Iowa. We spent Sunday afternoon driving and enjoying the views. I loved the way this nearby field looked with the bright green of the newly mown hay, and the brown of the bales and the drying field of soybeans behind it all. It's even prettier if you click on the picture to see it in a larger size.

This site was interesting to me. These are test rows of corn at the end of our road. They've been peeled back right on the stalk, so apparently the check for readiness has begun. They're waiting for the moisture level to be low enough and praying that a frost doesn't happen before the optimal level. We had our first measurable rain last night in quite a while and the forecast says we'll have another week of very warm weather, so maybe that means a good yield. I'm learning more every year, but this farming process is still a mysterious thing! Click on this picture too to see the details.

The view of this hyacinth bean vine just keeps getting prettier too. My plan is to gather the dried beans from these burgundy pods and give them away. If you want some to plant at your house next Spring, let me know and I'll get them to you.

And now back to the view from the garden. Last night we harvested 15 pounds of tomatoes and 2.5 pounds of green beans - amazing! Some of the beans went into this wonderful dish - Spicy Green Beans with Pork. We got the recipe from Amanda's yummy recipe blog. We've tried a number of her recipes and all were very good. Since I made another batch of applesauce yesterday, we had that with this spicy dish and what a great compliment. You know, Iowa tastes as good as it looks!

Well, this is all then.

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