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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 15, 2014 - 7:42 am

The harvest of Blue Lake Bush Beans has now begun.  Had some for dinner. YUMMY! To me bush bean picking is a back breaker. You must be so careful not to damage the bushes. Plus waiting until the dew or rain is dried off the bushes so you don't get a fungus or blight. Lucky that in the evening the garden is shaded and makes picking cooler forme and the bushes are dry.  I will be starting the freezing process in a couple of days. The bushes are loaded.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 8, 2014 - 4:49 pm

I just picked my Blue Lake Bush Beans.  I am seriously thinking of not planting BUSH BEANS next year.  They are back breaking to pick. They get all tangled. It is hard to find all the beans.  I think those are enough reasons not to plant BUSH BEANS.  Trellising is soooooooooooo much cleaner and easier to pick.  I think I finalized my decision. ConfusedSurprised

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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davsher
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August 8, 2014 - 9:08 pm

I'm with you! ide rather stand up straight and pick. same for cucumbers I grow them on a short fence. some other things I'm going to look at over the winter. I really felt my 70+ this year. I think when it stops being fun it's time to change something.  

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davsher
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August 11, 2014 - 4:30 pm

picked the last of the snap beans today got around 3gal of beans the plants are in the compost. some beans in pot cooking for supper, and some ready for the freezer.Smile

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CarolJean
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September 8, 2017 - 1:05 pm

I just reread the previous posts and I can agree that bush beans are back breaking.  I keep trying to find a pole bean I like.  I'm trying to not use the word 'but' all the time but some animal bothers my pole beans.  I'm not sure if it's birds, chipmunks, or squirrels.  The fresh tender beans are nipped off or chewed on.

Back to bush beans - I planted Landreth green beans, purple bush beans, and yellow bush beans.  The yellow beans didn't germinate well so I replanted and ended up planting 3 different varieties.  I liked the yellow beans the best.  They are the easiest to find to pick, they let you know when they're ready to pick (turn a golden yellow), have a beautiful shape, and were most productive. (I think that may have been because they were the least crowded.) So why don't people plant many yellow beans?

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Lark
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September 10, 2017 - 7:49 am

My Granddaughter, Addisen, asked me to grow 'yellow' beans next year.  So I will.  I like how you mentioned that yellow beans are so easy to spot when picking.  That is soooooooo right.  When I was a kid my parents never grew yellow, so I guess that is why I don't.  BUT I will now.  Do you ever save the seed from your yellow beans?  My favorite green bean is FORTEX pole bean. With SCARLETT RUNNER BEAN as my second choice.  I have heard that 'Jade' is another good green bean. 

Birds, bunnies and wood chucks love my beans. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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