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Beginner Gardening: extra stringy green beans

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Kankakee, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9190690

I have grown green beans (bush) many times before, but this time they were nearly inedible. I almost choked my family, who were pulling strings out of their throat last night. I picked, snapped and cooked as usual. Why? Could it be variety? ripeness? water issue? too much heat? I just don't know what went wrong, but I fear that my entire crop is a failure this year. Does anyone know what went wrong?


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2012
7:03 AM

Post #9191064

Some beans are stringier than others. You can pull off the strings before cooking them. When I was a child, the only beans available were "string beans". Personally, I think string beans have a much better flavor than the modern stringless ones.
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9191072

As they get older they also get tougher. The early and continuous warm temperatures we have should make them ripen faster and have a smaller window where they are good.
Kankakee, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9192497

I think it must have been the extremely hot weather. I guess I'll harvest whatever I have now to painstakingly destring, and I'll probably pull the rest. UGH!!!! Oh well, my squash need a new direction to grown anyway. Pulling the beans will give it more room. I guess I'll just use the space for a Fall crop of peas. What a waste!!!!!

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