Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Year of the Tomato, Not the Bean?
Did anyone have a good green bean harvest this summer? I read a lot of good posts about tomatoes, but don’t recall anyone really raving about green beans and having a big harvest of them. So, maybe it was a “tomato year”, not a “green bean year”?
My trials and tribulations with growing green beans this year are well documented here, and here, and here and probably a few other places, but that’s enough to get the idea that in spite of planting two varieties of bush beans and a nice, lush “teepee” of pole beans, I came up with:
- one handful of green beans,
- one mess of green beans to cook up,
- this bean pictured here from the pole beans.
The variety of bush beans that did produce the mess of beans was either “Contender” or “Tenderpick”. I know I planted both in the same raised bed, but didn’t keep good enough records to know which row was which. Bad and sloppy! Now I don’t know which one to try again next year and I need to know because one of those varieties produced virtually NO BEANS AT ALL!
Maybe I’ll just roll the dice next year and try a completely different bush bean variety? Anyone have any favorites? My only requirements are “bush beans”, heavy producer, available in the U.S.
And, did anyone have a good green bean year?