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Imagebitbit
Jun 6, 2011 10:41 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
This is my first year growing any kind of beans, and I'm not sure why I didn't try them sooner. When I was a kid, my grandfather always grew beans, and it was always my job to snap them for dinner. Such fond memories...

Here's my first bean harvest as a grownup:

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Anyone else growing beans?
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 6, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yes, indeedy! I grow the French Filet Green Beans. They're bush type, which is good for growing in containers and they're slender and tender...tasty!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 6, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Those are beautiful beans!

I have grown green beans every summer since 2006. None this year and we will surely miss them. The water department tore up that area trying to find my water shut off. It took them so many months it was too late to get the beans in. I'll be back growing them next year.

PS Hi Sherry! We enjoy the little French beans also.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagebitbit
Jun 6, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
These are bush type as well. I put a border of them behind my retaining wall in the front yard... figured they could pretend to be ornamentals or part of the hedge row. I put in three varieties, but I don't remember the names at the moment. Definitely not French Filet, though - I like a heartier bean.
Imagebitbit
Jun 6, 2011 2:19 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Arlene, I'm sorry to hear you're missing out this year. Have any local farm stands to get your fix?
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 6, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Arlene, didn't you mention to me before about growing different colors of the French Filet?
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 7, 2011 10:10 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
bitbit,
Farm stand will have them available eventually but still not as good as your own. Plus they rarely carry the French beans.

Here are my beans, July of 2010

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I grew Nickel & Goldito but my all time favorite is Straight and Narrow. I just grew the light green and yellow ones to mix into the pot for "pretty" presentation.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagebitbit
Jun 7, 2011 10:57 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Wow, that's a lot of beans! Do you can or freeze them?

I grow some yellow ones for the pretty factor as well. Harvested the first of them yesterday, I'll see if I can get around to uploading a photo...
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 7, 2011 6:05 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I froze some but never really liked them that much in the winter. I have an ongoing list of people I take them to fresh. They're going to be disappointed this year.

I did pickle some, which were tasty, and surprisingly crunchy. I've been meaning to post that recipe on Yum but I can't find the picture to go with it. I guess I'll have to pull out a jar and photo it again.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagequiltygirl
Jun 9, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
Great looking beans, Bit, and so early. My transplants (everything is in containers) are taking off, but no beans yet. Just this AM I but some scarlet and purple beans I had soaked indoors out into little 6 paks to get going. Easier to keep them moist on a table near the door than 'out' by the other containers. The tomatoes and peppers are putting on foliage and flowers, but our unseasonably cool weather doesn't have stuff racing to produce.
Imagebitbit
Jun 9, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks, Lynda! We had an unusually cool (which is to say, reasonably comfortable) May, but things have really taken off in the last couple weeks with the temps in the 90's. I've had green fruits on my tomatoes for what seems like forever now, but still nothing ripe.

Here's a photo of the day 2 harvest (6/6, I think):

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(Apologies to MAM members who are seeing it twice *Blush* )
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 9, 2011 2:57 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
yUM!
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagebitbit
Jun 9, 2011 5:33 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Question for you experienced bean growers... how long do the plants keep producing?

I want to start seeds for a second round if there's time, but I need to time it so they can be transplanted when I tear these ones out - I don't have another bed free.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 12, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
As long as you keep them picked, they continue to bloom and produce. Toward the end of the summer, here in Iowa, you notice the plants starting to dry up and then they are about done.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagebitbit
Jun 12, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Awesome! I'd read that bush types only put out one big burst, but I'm glad to hear that might not be the case. Mine are producing a couple of side dishes a week - the perfect amount.
soilsandup
Jun 13, 2011 1:12 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
I can finally post something here Hilarious!

I am way behind on my vegetable garden - wonderful that you are already picking beans, Bit. And Arlene - what a bountiful harvest you got there from last year.

Lynda - it is weird weather we are having here in California - it is finally starting to get over 80 degrees here - too hot for me, but much better for the plants. Where is Wildomar?

I bought a 6 pack of Blue Lake bush beans today and put them in the ground. I did not get my retaining wall in until the beginning of May, and by the time I got the soil moved around and built up, it was already the end of May. I have a few eggplants, tomatoes, zuchinni, cantaloupe, leeks, basil, and finally this weekend,. the beans and some bell peppers.


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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 13, 2011 3:22 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Beautiful raised garden there! Can't wait to see a picture of it in a couple of months.

My bush beans are always continuing blooming. When you pick them be sure to pick the whole bean off and they'll keep blooming. Don't just break part of the bean off. Wise words from my father when picking beans as a child.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagebitbit
Jun 13, 2011 5:05 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
That is a gorgeous wall!

Arlene, thanks. I have snapped some of them off on the bean part, so I'll make sure to stop doing that.
Imagequiltygirl
Jun 13, 2011 11:56 AM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
Soils - well, 80 alone is not too bad what with cool evenings. I'll take that any day over what my family (TX, OH) is getting.

(http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/he...)

We are supposed to warm up this week and be cooler again this weekend. Wildomar is east of Orange County in Southwest Riverside County. Just above San Diego County. You may have heard of Temecula is it is an up and coming Wine Country area.

Your raised bed turned out great, very swanky (bet that ages me). Where did you look for your soil (internet, yellow pages). For your location, it should not be too bad planting a bit later.
soilsandup
Jun 13, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Thanks, all, for the comments on the wall. It took me a long time to find the right materials. I needed a stone that I did not have to mortar so that it could be a DIY project, and the ones that most stores had, I did not like. This one looks close enough to the real thing for my purpose, and it was stackable. I had help from a graduate student from where I worked, and we got it done in a day, with my tweaking the corners and adding the topcourse over the next few more days.

Lynda, in regards to the soil, I was fortunate enough not to have to buy any. When I was digging out the lawn, I spent hours shaking the soil from the clumps to reuse. I could have included it all in my yard waste pickup, but then, I would have been throwing away perfectly good, fertile soil - not to mention all the earthworms that was in that layer. My son thought I must have been nuts to spend all that time banging away the loosened sod clumps against a rock to recover the soil, but he did help me break up the clods with the shovel without complaint. I did not ask him to help me with the banging... Hilarious! I could have bought the soil, since I was only getting pennies per hour for my labor. But, I considered that therapy for winding down after work and as informal meditation time. And also a great conversation starter for neighbors going on their evening walk.

That, along with moving soils from higher areas in my yard, adding compost that I generated last year, and rescuing my neighbors potted soils (he grows his tomatoes in containers in potting soil, and dumps the whole thing - I saw him putting it out in the gutter, and moved them to my yard instead) gave me enough height for this year's plantings. The bottom foot of the deepest part of the bed was pieces of sod clumps that will break down eventually. I am still about 4 inches shy of the ideal level, but I will add to it after the fall harvest - which will bring more compostable material.

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