Are Lima beans notoriously difficult to grow? I planted a short row and only had one seed to germinate. Soaked seeds for the second planting and none sprouted. When I dig down, I'm finding rotten beans. Wondering if I have a bad batch of seeds or if I should try one more time in peat pots? My mom recalled a similar experience with Lima beans in the past.
emmsmommy...I had a similar experience this year with limas and green beans too... I made my first planting right around Memorial Day, when I usually plant and had near zero germination with both... That's never happened before...
A few weeks later, I replanted the limas with seeds from the same this year's purchase and green beans with seed I had from a couple years ago... Those second plantings were very successful... It had to be the weather and soil conditions...
This experience solidified the factor of purchasing more seeds than I think I will actually need... ;)
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My beans were all planted late this year. Limas were planted around the end of June and again about ten days ago. soil temps were good and green beans planted the same time as both plantings and have all germinated well. Think I'll try one more time in peat pots and then just give up on them this year. If the sole Lima bean plant produces, I foresee it being grown for seed only.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 26, 2021 19:47:38 GMT -5
I tried some bush beans, since I had a raised bed area to try, but it just didn't work out. Something was eating it, though I couldn't catch them doing it! However, once I got my row of pole beans totally fenced in, so rabbits couldn't get to them, nothing bothered them. However, the Long Thai was really slow growing (which was not normal), and only recently took off. The others grew well, but only the Rattlesnake started growing in that heat - Blauhilde and Blue Lake pole grew like crazy, but didn't start flowering until I got out of those 90+ temps for a few days in a row, and I'm seeing a lot more Rattlesnakes, as well as a lot of Thai longs.
Post by desertwoman on Aug 8, 2021 20:52:20 GMT -5
Pole beans are coming on. Had our first few tonight. I only eat green beans in season and they are such a treat. Kentucky Wonder are my standby favs and I like them when they are on the smaller size. So tender and tasty.
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Post by pepperhead212 on Aug 21, 2021 20:26:45 GMT -5
I've been harvesting the pole beans every other day, and even then, I get some overgrown ones (or I just missed them before!). Here is what I got 2 days ago: Bean harvest, 8-19 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Today, I couldn't really harvest the beans (or tomatoes), since everything was wet, first from the dew, from the super humid air, then the rain. I went out and harvested a few more long beans (don't have to worry about touching wet leaves there, since they are sort of away from the leaves), and I saw this (which happened since yesterday), that I had to take a picture of: A pole bean vine climbing a long bean! by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Aug 26, 2021 23:21:20 GMT -5
binnylou, I usually just pull those vines and toss them in the compost. That row is probably well inoculated, but I usually add a little more.
I steam blanched 56 oz of the beans I stringed, and snapped to size (sort of). I did this in the steamer basket in the IP, in 3 batches, and spread it out on baking sheets, to cool and dry. Using this method, no liquid gets sucked into the Foodsaver. I also steamed 12 oz of Thai long red beans, for that pasta dish later. The green beans were vacuum sealed, in two 12 oz and two 16 oz bags. 56 oz. of green beans, ready to go into the freezer. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Oh yeah - after this, I picked over a pound more of beans!