Last year, I planted Italian Green beans and enjoyed them. This year I
planted the Kentucky King, a bush bean that looks like a string bean
and tastes like an Italian Green Bean. They were somewhat slow in
growing, so I also planted the Kentucky Wonder pole bean. The bush
bean gave me some beans this weekend, but the pole beans and growing
like Jack and the beanstalk but I have yet to see a bean on them. Do
these things ever have beans or are they going to be like my gorgeous
watermelon vines when I was 13 that had vines and vines and vines but
Pole beans are normally a bit later to start bearing than bush beans, but
they will bear more continuously.
Because I only eat the beans fresh and don't can or freeze them, I prefer
pole beans for the longer (and less rushed) harvest. Picking most of them
while standing up is also a big advantage.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
If you wish to harvest easily (at least for bush beans), do what I
do...grow in containers. I have a table on my deck filled with 6 to 10
inch pots, each with 5 to 9 bean plants in it. Well fed, well watered,
they are prolific producers and easily harvested. Bush beans seem
particularly suited to the culture.
I am growing Blue Lake, Romano, haricot vert and one other bush type I
cannot recall at the moment.
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