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Re: More harvesting/speaking of beans

I have found that my first bean planting is the most prolific, and  
any additional sowings go down hill. They have worse germination, are  
not as bushy (obviously, I am not planting pole beans), have much  
more insect damage, and do not fruit as well. Is all this a figment  
of my imagination, or have the rest of you veggie gardeners also  
noticed? This year, I will definitely not have enough to freeze more  
than a couple of quarts. Fortunately, I live in a rural area, and  
will be able to get locally grown beans to supplement.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 17, 2007, at 1:01 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> Wow, what a lot of beans you must plant!
> I don't have a big operation like yours, but in my small patch I
> keep beans going all summer.  In fact, I have already pulled out
> and replanted a couple of rows.  I just plant double rows about
> five or six feet long - depending on how the space works out
> with other things.  Then when they slow down and are only
> giving me a few beans a day, out they come and a new row
> goes in.  In the spring, I start by planting a new batch every
> ten days or so until the first ones start bearing.  I   have had
> beans to eat and/or give away for about three weeks now.  We
> ate the last of the early ones today, and by tomorrow the next
> set will be ready to pick.  Incidentally, I have developed a new
> bean dish that we are enjoying.  You know, after a week or so
> of beans, you are looking for something new to do with them.
> I place the beans in boiling water for a few minutes - just until
> they turn bright green and some of them make a popping sound.
> Then I drain the beans and while they are draining, I melt a bit
> of butter in the pan and add a diced portobella mushroom.  Over
> low heat, I let the mushroom begin to give up its juices, then
> return the beans to the pan for a few minutes, season with salt
> and pepper.  This is very simple and quick, and we find it a
> nice change from plain beans.  I'm sure other mushrooms would
> do as well, but portobellas are the quickest and easiest to peel
> and prepare.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 07/17/2007 11:11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:
> I am coming to the end of the green bean season, seems pretty short to
> me but the plants are not producing many new flowers. Last Saturday I
> started harvesting at 7:30 am and finished my third canner load at  
> 4:30
> pm.  I did 30 jars of green beans and still had a bag left over,  
> but to
> run another canner load was at least an hour and I was out of  
> enthusiasm
> for the day. So we're eating a lot of fresh green beans at dinner now,
> not a bad thing. I should have harvested tomatoes on Sunday, I think I
> could have done a bunch of jars of just cut-up tomatoes, but after
> looking at them I decided they could go a while longer and instead did
> some other chores.
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