pole beans

2013 Legumes (end of season notes)

Bush Beans: all did well, wonderful varieties, didn’t last quite as long as last year
Dried Beans (3 sisters): planted closer to correct time to climb corn, good yield, tasty
Fava Beans: badly attacked by aphids, fairly low yield of very tasty beans
Peas: only early snap-type germinated, good yield. Broadcast late bush variety Super Snappy did well – try bush type shell pea in spring next year?
Pole Beans: Romanos planted early (where shell & snow peas crapped out) did well on trellis. Kentucky Blues planted after peas (which were slow this year) were last beans in garden.
Soybeans: good yield, plants seemed to mature over a shorter period than last year

Green Pole Beans - taking sides

We grew two varieties of green pole bean this year: Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake. The winner of the side-by-side test is Kentucky Wonder. According to Michael (our most devoted bean enthusiast), they were earlier and more prolific than Blue Lake.

Next year, we may grow Kentucky Wonder and the Romano pole bean Garden of Eden on the Pea trellis. Instead of standard pole beans, a dried bean variety (that doesn't need to be picked until the end of the season) may work better for the Three Sisters plot.

Pole Beans Struggle

I expected the pole beans to have reached the top of the trellis by now, which the peas did.  While a few runners reach high, most are about halfway up.  Also, many of the leaves nearest the ground have yellowed, usually an indication of some nutrient deficiency.  The usual culprit is lack of nitrogen, but beans being legumes put nitrogen in the soil, as do the peas preceding them.  Alan added some chicken manure.


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