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Lark
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April 25, 2011 - 7:13 pm

About 3 weeks ago my 3 year old Granddaughter planted bush beans in the greenhouse (Gardening with Grammy video). Today they finally poked their little heads through the dirt. This means the soil must be warming up. Now that they are up, I must make sure I cover the plants if we get cold weather (below 40).

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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May 14, 2011 - 3:29 pm

The bush beans are a couple inches high now and third set of true leaves.  Tonight it is suppose to get down to 40 degrees so I cover the green beans and the tomatoes with a blanket to keep the soil & plants warmer. I put a support over the plants so the blanket doesn't crush them.  I know this is ALOT of dinking around, BUT I will have green beans probably in a month. Which is UNHEARD of in Wisconsin.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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June 22, 2011 - 7:54 pm

I picked bush green beans today and had them for dinner...YUMMY. They are the ones my Granddaughter, Addi, planted. She is soooo excited to see how big the plants got in the greenhouse and help me cook them for dinner.

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June 30, 2011 - 7:49 pm

More bean picking today. It is alittle hard to pick them, since we planted VERY TIGHTLY. I don't have Dave do it because he might not be as gentle as I am. Do you know what I mean?Wink Plus he isn't as flexible as I am. This year I make sure I don't pick the beans until the plants are dry...then no fungus.Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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March 24, 2012 - 7:06 am

2012 bush beans were planted by Addi, 4 yr. old Granddaughter. She just loves planting & picking and LOVES telling everyone that these are HER green beans.Laugh We did use the INNOCULANT on the seeds. Hoping it helps with rot and fungus during the cool, wet Spring. These are planted in the RAISED VEGGIED BED GREENHOUSE. It worked out well last year so I decided to do it again. I did lay a strip of clear plastic over the row, hoping that when the sun comes out and the greenhouse heats up, that this other layer of plastic heats this row even warmer...just until the seeds germinate.Confused

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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April 7, 2012 - 6:28 am

I removed the sheet of clear plastic of the row a week after being planted. It was too much of a hassle to remove it every time I had to water, which was daily. If the sun is out the soil in the greenhouse drys out quickly and I wanted to keep the area moist until the beans sprouted. Today most of them are a couple of inches high and looking good.  It will be interesting to see how they grow in this method of planting right over the leaf mulch.  When planting the seed I laid a 3" layer of topsoil over the leaf much and planted the seeds, covering them with a couple more inches of soil. Theory is that the worms will continue to break down the leaf mulch and feed the plants with their castings while making an excellent soil. If there are weeds, they should be easy to pull. This method is a combination of 'lagnasa gardening' and the 'no till' method. I used twig sticks bent into a hoop shape and placed them down the row of beans, creating a support for a blanket cover during our cold nights. I will do this until it stays about 50 degrees at night. More DINKING AROUND, but so worth it to get green beans 6 weeks earlier than waiting to plant the first week in June.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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June 17, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Tonight we had our first meal with the BUSH BEANS. Looks like I will be picking every 2 days for awhile. This year I made sure that we didn't plant the seeds too close. Last year we had a hard time picking them because they were too enter twined together. Plus, planting the seed farther apart gives more air circulation. So far I have remembered not to touch the plants when they are wet so I don't get fungus on the leaves.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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August 6, 2012 - 3:24 am

Yesterday I pulled out my BUSH BEANS that were in the greenhouse. They were looking YUCKY. I must have touched the leaves when they were still wet or the japanese beetles spread some kind of disease. Every year I tell myself to BE CAREFUL DON'T TOUCH WET LEAVES!  Cry Well, the YARD LONG BEANS are still producing nicely.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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May 15, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Planted Blue Lake Bush Beans today in the RAISED VEGGIE BED GREENHOUSE. The plants were in 3" pots and looking healthy. I started these seeds indoors using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of germination.  Sure hope we don't get cold temps any longer.

 

In my RVBG I am using the LASAGNA METHOD of gardening. Every hole I dug had worms. This means they will be fertilizing my veggies. The soil stays moist using this method.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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June 25, 2013 - 8:34 pm

We had our first meal of Blue Lake Bush Beans last night.  My Grandkids loved the fresh beans. They enjoyed seeing them come straight from my garden. I had them pick Rosemary to use in the chicken gravy. At first they thought it was weird putting it in the gravy, BUT they loved the taste. Since our weather has warmed up the beans are growing fast. The coloring of the leaves has greened up since the fertilizing with worm/compost tea, sea-90 and liquid whey. I am using grass clippings (no chemicals) as mulch.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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