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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

sb country n garden news-beano

beanoƂ® Tablets

beano is a product that you put in your beans that keeps your intestine from producing too much gas
what it does is take all the fun out of eating beans
you can go to the link above for more info

we try to eat beans at least one night a week
i have a recipe i use that makes a flavorful batch of beans
the bean we usually eat is what we call billie beans after my motherinlaw
she found these for us at a mexican food market in this area
when we lived in texas she use to ship us 5 lbs of them

using my skills and my rainwater brothers skills we finally identified them as peruvan beans that are eaten a lot in mexico and countries south of there

since we started getting those batches coming via the mail i got the idea of going to some of the local mexican grocery stores in texas and later in santa barbara and have found them in packages of 1 lb

we have a mexican store a block away from our condo so we never run out of them
those billie beans
see picture below
in my garden i have a long 20 ft lattice structure of bits of lumber and mulberry branches and string and bamboo that i built
it looks rustic
on this structure which also acts as a barrier to folks walking into my garden i grow my vining or what we call in the south pole beans in the spring and summer and the green sweet peas and their cousins in the fall and winter

i then scatter whereever i can find an empty space a planting of these bush billie beans and the bush green beans and the purple hull peas which we save enough for new years day

this year im trying something ive never done before
thats planting the beans in 6 packs then once they grow large enough i then plant them in the ground
except for the purple hull peas
it just doesnt seem right not putting those purple hull peas right into the ground

heres the pictures of the ones i planted

row one are christmas lima beans
its a pretty to look at one
the kids in the garden love to play with these
they have a long growing season
i pick them when the shells are brown then shell the beans out and save them in a quart jar until they are cooked
they have the best flavor of the beans we eat
they cook faster than billie beans or pinto beans or black beans
they have almost a meaty taste to them

row two is a seed i got from a seed swap from the san louis obispo library seed collection
it named after ms winfield a plant breeder
i only was able to get 3 of these so i planted two of them holding one back in reserve
ill use this years crop for seeds for next year
i think these are hard to find from seed companies

row 3 billie beans or peruvan beans
our favorite go to bean
they grow like bush beans
i let the pods turn brown then shell them for cooking

row 4 vine or pole blue lake beans
i grow them on my structure picking them as green string beans
what we dont eat fresh i freeze whole using them in soups stews or grilled veggies

row 4 french baby bush beans
these usually dont make it home as i eat them fresh as i garden
they are thinner than the blue lake beans
we eat them in salads and also grilled or cooked
these are all eaten fresh so we dont get a chance to freeze any

so these beans will keep us busy eating beans this year all organic and fresh from the garden

i think ill hold off on the beano this year though

the organicgreen doctor

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