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Monday, April 01, 2013

Green Bean Announcement

I am thrilled to announce that I've been asked to test out a new variety of green beans with the code name 'Leporidae'.

The thrilling part for me is that these green beans have  been bred to be rabbit resistant.   Early trials have been very promising, thought the plant breeders have only done limited testing which involved placing a rabbit next to the plants at various stages of growth, from seedling to mature plants dessicated by drought and later frost.  The rabbits usually sniffed the plants and then quickly hopped away.

The plant breeders have decided based on these promising early results to expand the trials for 'Leporidae', planting the beans in areas where rabbits have previously been a problem.  That's why my garden is the perfect trial garden.

I have battled rabbits for years. I've tried trapping-removing-releasing, spoon barricades, ground hot pepper dust, truces, agreements, and pretty much every other trick in the book.   The most successful method was the spoon barricades. But it was a pain in the you know what to set up a spoon barricade if you are going to grow a big patch of beans, not to mention it looked ridiculous in the garden.

That's why I am so thrilled to trial these green beans.  The plant breeders have been a little vague about what makes these green beans rabbit resistant, but it involves genes and splicing. Oh, I know what everyone is thinking now. These are GMO beans. They put rabbit genes in green beans. They are bad for us.  But, the plant breeders assured me that the beans don't taste a bit like rabbit to humans, because we don't have as keen a sense of smell or taste as rabbits do.  But the rabbits smell their scent on the beans and refuse to eat them.

They did mention that if I see any fur on the beans, it should be easy enough to wipe it off before cooking the beans, and I should avoid eating the beans raw.

Anyway, I am quite excited to receive these green bean seeds on this first day of April. I am counting the days until 'Leporidae' green beans are growing and producing in my garden.

13 comments:

nelsontheadventurer said...

WOW!! Is this for real? Glad to know that there are beans of this type.

Gail said...

Good one Carol!

fairegarden said...

FUR!!!!! HA

Cindy, MCOK said...

Congratulations on your selection as a trial garden for this new variety. Perhaps I'll be chosen to trial possum-resistant apples!

Lea said...

Have you tried getting the Garden Fairies to guard your beans? I know rabbits are bigger, but with all the tricks the Fairies have up their sleeves, it seems like they could do something about the rabbit problem!
Have a wonderful week!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Leslie said...

Are they related to Mexican Jumping Beans or has the hop been bred out?

Dee Nash said...

You are too funny! Let us know how those rabbit-deterred beans work out. Happy Easter Monday!~~Dee

Helen Malandrakis said...

Good luck!

ProfessorRoush said...

At least you weren't asked to trial the "Ear-Worm Resistant Corn". Keeping those ear-worms around for the testing would just be a frass-trating experience.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Now we just need some squirrel-resistant plants. If only.... ;^)

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Oh my...I hope you don't get a "hair ball" from eating them! LOL

Helen said...

You *almost* had me there. Fortunately, it's April 2nd.

Dreams Allowed said...

Congratulations!