I am growing "beans," which apparently are actually
bean *pods*. Long, skinny green "beans," about 4-5
inches long. Last year, I let some of them proceed as
the wanted, so those kind of collapsed, and cutting
them open revealed 3-4 white kidney-shaped beans. So
you get the idea.
Some of mine are empty. The long skinny green thing is
hollow. This only effects some of my beans, while
others are normal.
What's up with that?
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The empty beans failed to be pollinated. It happens to some of my beans in late
summer. Once the weather cools a bit, it stops happening and all the beans fill
out properly. Hot, dry weather can cause blossoms to abort or fail to pollinate
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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I need a source of nursery containers in the 5-10 gal. size, but everything
I checked out sells them in bulk, like 50-60 a case! I only need about 10,
anyone have a good (hopefully inexpensive :) source?
On Mon, 07 Feb 2005 14:42:32 GMT, "barbara beardsley"
Have you tried the FreeCycle lists? I'm sure there is one for New
York. http://www.freecycle.org/ I like the Free Cycle concept,
although the reality is not always rewarding.
You might also call you local extension office and see if New York
publishes some sort of market bulletin. I see people advertising
those nursery pots in the SC Market Bulletin all the time. This is
what ours looks like, there is a paper issue or the on line one.
John's suggestion was good, too. Most commercial nurseries have lots
of old containers that they're willing to share them for free.
I've seen that in climbing beans grown outside their preferred climate.
Cool climate beans grown in hot areas need a lot of watering, morning and
evening, if you want good pollination. I can't explain why.
Our scarlet runners wouldn't set (just thin empty pods that soon fell
off) until I began watering morning and evening. The soil is sandy and
it drains well, so there was no root rot.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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