Bush Bean Report

by Daisy

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I love the bush bean variety I planted this year, Jade.  Makes an extremely productive, nice-looking, fast-growing stand of beans.

The fuzzy stuff on the right of the photo is fennel.

We’ve harvested beans about every other day, so much that it started to get ahead of what we could eat.  Beans are great, very tasty, but you don’t want to eat them every day for two weeks, so I blanched and froze 6 quarts the other night.  The kids were eating them right out of the freezer, like green bean pops.

It was kind of weird, in a “Aren’t you the same kid who said you don’t like bej’tables?” way.

All’s not completely peachy in beanville, though.

Here’s the perpetrator:

Nice calluses, lady.  Eek.

I think it’s a cotton square borer, which must know I planted cotton for the first time this year.  They’re getting ready, beefing up on beans for now so they can tuck into my cotton bolls later on.

If you look carefully at the top photo, you can also see holes in the leaves which are probably due to bean leaf beetles.  I’ve only had eyes on one beetle, may it rest in peace, but I remain vigilant.  They don’t seem to be getting the better of the beans, though, so far.

Then there’s this:

Could be some sort of bean bacterial wilt, weather damage, blight, but the good news is it doesn’t seem to be spreading.  Yet.

Despite the perils, it’s hard to beat the feeling of pulling back leaves to see these great pods and feel their weight as they knock against each other.

Grow, beans, grow.

Got beans?

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Jeana June 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

Your bush beans look great. I tried them last year and spidermites got ahead of me and that was it for the bush beans, after seeing yours I might try them for fall.

Kathy June 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

So lucky. It’s been so cool and wet here, mine are 2″ tall. That’s it. Depressing.

Brittany June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I have lima beans and I just planted green beans yesterday!

Lynnette June 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Last year bean bugs ate them and multiplied faster than I could squish them. I got some harvest but it was too annoying to plant this year. Maybe next year. Glad you are enjoying them.

DebbieM June 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

We planted Provider and Contender this year and the Provider beans have done the best. The Contender have some serious problems going on, rusty, wilty looking and they just now are getting ready to harvest. They were planted 3 weeks after the Provider, which are just now finishing up. I guess that’s about it for us. How big was your patch? We do have Limas as well, small pods and lots of blossoms.

javalady62@gmail.com June 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Excellent !! Great progress. Keep ON them buggers.

Emily June 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

With all the tornados, floods, earthquakes and cicadas in our parts (yes we’re waiting for boils to start popping up here in Missouri) my beans got a late start. But mine too have wee little holes being ate out of the leaves. I’ve spied around and I found one tiny little inch worm looking thing on a nearby lettuce leaf (chicks loved him), tiny little black bugs and tiny little cattepillar eggs. I guess I’ll spend my “naptime” today researching those little monsters and how to terminate them, gah.

Vege June 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

I planted Jade as well, but spaced mine out more. I think I’m going to do a second planting in between the plants I have now. I am getting some good looking beans, but not enough for my husband and I to eat even once a week with a meal!

Amanda June 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

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Tomato Lady June 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

Welcome, Amanda! Thank you for your kind words and hope you enjoy your blogging experience!

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