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#3325192 - 08/16/13 06:26 PM Pole Beans Part Deux
gil1
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I mentioned in another thread about how I planted too many (four) pole bean plants around each corn stalk - huge mistake! When the bean plants got too cumbersome, the weight knocked over the corn stalks, killing both the corn and the beans. Lesson learned.

But I have another question for you pole bean aficionados. I planted a few more pole beans on a 5 foot chain link fence. Although I think I planted too late (mid-June), they look great and are spreading out everywhere. The only problem is that I've got all plant and no beans.

When can I expect something to happen in the way of beans? Has everybody but me already gotten their pole beans? Thanks.
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#3325440 - 08/17/13 12:07 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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Still waiting myself.
All the plants are climbing but not producing.
I planted for the 3rd time because the rabbits ate the plants when they got 3 inches tall.
This time I fenced them off.
Now the cooler temps have me wondering if I will even see any beans.
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#3325499 - 08/17/13 07:03 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: Super8]
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 Originally Posted By: Super8
Still waiting myself.
All the plants are climbing but not producing.
I planted for the 3rd time because the rabbits ate the plants when they got 3 inches tall.
This time I fenced them off.
Now the cooler temps have me wondering if I will even see any beans.


That's why I got off to a late start. Wabbits!
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#3328878 - 08/20/13 08:13 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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been picking mine for atleast a month maybe little longer
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#3329033 - 08/20/13 10:07 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: wlf89]
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 Originally Posted By: wlf89
been picking mine for atleast a month maybe little longer

So when did you plant yours?
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#3329387 - 08/20/13 02:37 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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I cannot remember exactly, but there is too much of the wrong kind of fertilizer present. I know that isn't much help, but if you planted tomatoes, you would see the same kind of plenty of green growth and nothing else.


Ha, funny, When I asked my Dad how many beans to plant per stalk of corn there was a long silence. He finally said how many beans you planning on eating?

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#3329826 - 08/20/13 09:09 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: DaveB]
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Nitrogen is what your referring to.

Usually, unless you fertized em with N, you won't have too much N.
I'd just give em some time. With healthy foliage and growth they'll put on. You got 2 months til the average first frost in most of TN. Plenty of time to make beans. And the first run is always the best imo anyway. Once you start picking they'll just put on more.

I've been picking my pole beans since the first of July maybe end of June. I've thought bout pulling them out. We canned up enough to make me tired of green beans over the next couple months. I only have 2 25' or so bean trellisses and they've made a bunch. enough for my family. Maybe I'll let em mature and save dry beans. But I also planted a row of bush beans around mid July and they're just now starting to bloom. And I got peas that seem to be taking their sweet ol time to put on.


Edited by redlegs07 (08/20/13 09:10 PM)

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#3333188 - 08/23/13 01:14 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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What kind of pole beans are they Gil? I've grown greasy back beans for years and they take a good 2 months to start bearing. Others might be similar.
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#3336300 - 08/26/13 09:52 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: The_Utility_Dude]
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 Originally Posted By: The_Utility_Dude
What kind of pole beans are they Gil? I've grown greasy back beans for years and they take a good 2 months to start bearing. Others might be similar.

They are Blue Lake pole beans (FM1). I got them from Osborne Seed Co.
I'm starting to get a few beans, but they are pretty small.
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#3348358 - 09/05/13 03:30 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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The beans are finally coming in. I had some for supper last night, and some were a little tough and stringy. Could it be that I waited too long to harvest some of the bigger ones? it seems the smaller, younger ones tasted better.




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#3350704 - 09/07/13 03:18 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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Small, 4 inches or so, sorry I cannot remember exactly and my Dad is no longer around to ask. One thing I do know. They can be prolific beyond comprehension. I think I planted ten plants, not knowing, and I could have set up a roadside stand. I was taking them to work in Kraft grocery store bags. Finally dug them up.

Your pic's are great.

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#3350985 - 09/07/13 08:00 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: DaveB]
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As for tough and stringy, yes, it is my belief you waited too long to pick. I see several in your pictures that are considerably larger than I prefer. When they start to show you the "seeds" in side and have that rippled look they've been on the vine too long. But, if you're just now picking you have several more pickings ahead I'd say. I'd hit the rows every few days and keep an eye on them.
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#3383407 - 10/01/13 07:43 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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Beans have been doing good for about 3 weeks now I pick a minnow bucket full each day.
Have been eating fresh beans every night stir fry in olive oil and garlic. Had the wife can a few cases too.
Threw a batch in the pressure cooker last night.
Hard to beat fresh green beans.
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#3383954 - 10/02/13 06:45 AM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: Super8]
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Yeah, mine are still coming, too. I assume the upcoming cold snap will be the end of it, but I've had my fill.
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#3417576 - 10/24/13 05:37 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: gil1]
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Picked the last bunch 3 days ago..... tonight 26 degrees will probably end it but we have cases of green beans put up.
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#3422738 - 10/27/13 08:07 PM Re: Pole Beans Part Deux [Re: Super8]
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Yeah, the freeze ended it, but what a phenomenal bean season. This was my first year growing beans, and I was blown away by how prolific they are.
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