this year instead of planting single variety
rows/plots i decided to just decide what i wanted
to put in an area, mix the seeds all together
and then plant whatever came to hand while going
along the row.
i do not recommend this method. :)
but it could be amended to be better by not
putting short season varieties in with the
longer season types.
what happened this year was that the shorter
season beans finished and died back as they should
but then with the frequent rains these plants
became the place where fungi decided to get going
on doing what fungi likes to do. usually i try to
harvest pods that are ready or close to ready as
often as i can check, but sometimes can miss a
small dead bean plant buried under a pile of
actively growing other beans, until it's too
late and the white fuzz gets going...
by planting sameish length season beans in the
same plots at least i would hope to avoid this
problem in the future.
i did not plant all my bean plots using this
random method, so it hasn't been a huge problem,
just reporting observations as i'm going along