Has anybody here grown them? I planted a row yesterday, using grocery
store dried beans. My intention is to use them as green snap beans
("string beans" is probably more apt; I bet they have a string) And if
they are not good for that, for fresh shelled beans.
I hope they are bush or half-runner. I don't want to mess with poles
where I put them. Surely they are dwarf enough for mechanical harvesting...
Pintos make very tasty string beans if you pick them young, and they are
a tall-growing bush bean. I wanted to try something different; that's
part of the fun.
alas, this is one of the two beans i've not grown
or tried as fresh (the other is the navy bean). both
the navy and great northern beans are grown in this
region and over the course of my life i've eaten too
many lbs of them, so when i had the chance to experiment
(like you're doing :) ) i specifically avoided them.
also, i've had mixed luck with store bought beans
when it comes to germination percentages. my first
year of growing yellow-eye beans they must have been
pretty old or stored badly as about 20% germinated.
this year they've done much better (near 100%).
yes, i've never seen them grow very tall in
the fields around here. perhaps 2 ft max, but
with irrigation they might go further...
i like pinto beans too as fresh. the type i have
are climbers (last year they topped the 7ft fence).
we don't have much fence space so for the areas where
i don't have a trellis set up they climb all over
each other (and they'll take weeds on too).
and yes, much fun. :) i'm collecting open pollinated
types (mostly dry beans, but also any others i happen
across). if you'd like anything you can't find locally
give me a holler and i'll send a list of what i have.
i also seem to be collecting crosses and oddities.
A rabbit ate most of my row of real green beans today, so I'm going to
replant them with "small red beans" from the grocery store. :-) And
I'll put "Repel" bitter spray on them as soon as they come up. That
works really well with young pepper plants. (don't spray it on mature
plants or *you* won't be able to eat them either)
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