When do I harvest long BEANS?

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

This is the first year I am growing beans.
I have selected these varieties:

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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Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

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.

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

thanks Farmedill

Should have planted more of them close together?

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

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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Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Yes, plant more beans!

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

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

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

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!

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

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.

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

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

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