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Vegetable Gardening: When do I harvest long BEANS?

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9133246

This is the first year I am growing beans.
I have selected these varieties:
http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/beans/long-beans/red-seeded-asparagus-bean.html
http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/beans/long-beans/chinese-red-noodle-bean.html

When do I harvest them?
They are very long now. Should I feel the beans on the inside of the pod?
Should have planted more seeds closer together?

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Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


May 22, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9133416

The red one looks about right, the others are getting a bit old. These things are grown for their pods, you don't want the seeds to develop much.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9133743

oohhh
thanks Farmedill

Should have planted more of them close together?
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 22, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9133765

I usually crowd my tall legumes rather closely on an East-West line along a rabbit fence to take advantage of a Southern exposure. It doesn't seem to hurt the yield. Pole beans and peas seem very tolerant of a good bit of crowding. Those in the first pic have grown huge and fallen over the fence, you can see they are planted very closely. Those in the second image aren't planted quite so densely but still rather close.

We've been picking beans and peas, as needed for the dinner table, for a week now and obviously there are plenty more to be harvested. We leave a bit more space between for the bush beans, but we also crowd the Fava's rather closely as they seem to do better in the wind supporting each other.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9133786

Thanks so much SteveOh for the great explanation.
I am going to plant more beans in between the one already growing and ... I better harvest the one I have !

Thanks y'all

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9139600

OMG I cannot believe I missed to grow Long Bean in my life !!
It took me a week to harvest enough bean pods to make a large meal (for 4 people).
I picked the pods at the right time now ... before they get too seedy.
I boiled them for 15 minutes. Salt+Pepper+Olive Oil ... OMG !! so gooooodd!
The red beans turned black after being boiled ... so interesting !

Tomorrow and Monday is a "FRUIT" day, so I will plant more beans ...

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newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

May 26, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9139678

Yes, plant more beans!
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

May 27, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9140440

"Beans, Beans, the musical fruit..."

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

May 27, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9140445

I like to make an eat a lot of bean dishes. Especially chillies. You use the dried beans bought as the grocery. But I take Beano, great product. Really works. Not just on beans but on brocolli and anything else that might produce gas. Take the Beano tabs with meals and no problems!
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


May 27, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9140529

Long beans are different from common beans, Actually a subspecies of cowpea. Long beans are grown for their edible shells. cow peas for green shell or dried peas. Different characteristics than common beans.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9143619

So, there's time to plant another batch of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans?

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