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HoneybeeNC wrote: . . . it would be nice to exchange information on the various types of beans. For instance, I've been growing green beans forever, but recently discovered purple ones. And I would LOVE to find seeds of heirloom southern beans. I'm tired of pinto, navy, black, etc that are the only ones found in supermarkets.
Russ - I will be picking/eating our first Royal Burgundy beans with dinner this evening. 44 days from sowing seed. I have another package of these beans, and will get them sown either today or tomorrow. We have had several days of rain, so the ground is just right for sowing them.
It's been so hot and dry here that even my beans are looking slow to terrible.More difficult this season than ever before.
At least the bugs seem to be on hold and staying from the plants. I have been playing with milkweeds as a remedy for bugs on the beans and cukes. Seems to be working for me so far and really hope it turns out to be worth while.
While the beans are only usual green beans they are great from the garden.I miss them when I don't have them .
I love beans. I usually plant the filet beans, generallly a wax and a green though there is a purple variety too. I've planted dry beans too, though not this year. I've planted the dwarf horticulture and vermont cranberry. Some of the older catalogs do list the pinto and great northern beans too. My beans are doing very well though I probably won't be able to harvest until later this month or early August. We do freeze alot. Already froze several bags of snap peas.
happytail; You might get more replies if you posted that question as a forum of it's own. I would like to say something of value to you but after the last couple of seasons I would think to let someone other have a go at that(LOL).
Jan, pole beans will reward you with a good harvest, even in a small space. I have four "bean towers" that I purchased from Burpee. The string that comes with these towers is not enough. I purchase #10 or #15 mason twine from W-mart.
I use polyester string from the DS that stuff is t.o.u.g.h. and it's real near what the string trellis are made of. doesn't work for my tomato plants and so forth ,it scratches them, as do string trellis, not the beans though,it doesn't bother them at all,!
good to hear that, another item to my grow list, if I don't watch out I'll be out of room, but at least the landlord said I could use containers in the beds. He had outlined beds with his palm trees and then there is his grass, he doesn't want anything on his grass...LOL Florida and so many people want grass...