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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/8/2012, 6:36 pm

Has anybody grown bush lima beans in their square foot gardens? Any successes or failures I should be aware of before I consider them?
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Post  georgiahomegarden on 3/8/2012, 7:01 pm

Too Tall Tomatoes wrote:Has anybody grown bush lima beans in their square foot gardens? Any successes or failures I should be aware of before I consider them?

I grew cangreen variety last year in a 4 x 8 bed and they worked great. I filled up a 5 gallon bucket full of pods from that one bed. I am planting them again this year, and trying fordhook's. I planted them a little too late last year, so I will make sure I start them this spring.

http://georgiahomegarden.blogspot.com/2011/10/garden-update-october-29th_29.html

http://georgiahomegarden.blogspot.com/2011/11/garden-harvests-november-15th.html
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Post  littlejo on 3/8/2012, 8:37 pm

I planted lima bush and a green bean bush last yr. I found them difficult to find the bean pods, and bush does not mean no support. They fell over on the next sq. and just seemed difficult. I will plant pole type this yr. and plan for a trellis of sorts.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/8/2012, 10:09 pm

What got me thinking of bush limas was a conversation I had with my Mom earlier today. We were talking about limas and she commented that the frozen fordhooks are alot more expensive than the baby limas. That got me thinking that maybe I can grow some in my garden.
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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/8/2012, 9:31 am

On average, how much can I harvest from each square of bush fordhook limas and bush sugar snap peas?

Now that I got my boxes built, I have to really figure out the layout of each one.
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/10/2017, 5:37 pm

My bush Lima bean plants are beautiful and loaded, but what I read says to harvest when they're "plump and firm." Mine are all flat and flimsy. I guess I'll just keep waiting and watering. Anybody else grow Limas?
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 10/10/2017, 6:12 pm

countrynaturals wrote:My bush Lima bean plants are beautiful and loaded, but what I read says to harvest when they're "plump and firm." Mine are all flat and flimsy. I guess I'll just keep waiting and watering. Anybody else grow Limas?
I tried last year and I got a few, but I've decided not to try that vegetable again until I have a sunnier garden - my climate is cooler than limas prefer to start with.

They might not be ready yet - open a large/older one and see if there's a small greenish bean inside. If not, and there's tiny shriveled ones, or none at all, then here's an article on reasons for empty lima pods:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/lima-pods-are-empty.htm
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/10/2017, 8:59 pm

BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:They might not be ready yet - open a large/older one and see if there's a small greenish bean inside. If not, and there's tiny shriveled ones, or none at all, then here's an article on reasons for empty lima pods:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/lima-pods-are-empty.htm
Either our weather was too hot or they aren't ready yet. If it's the first it will break my heart. The plants are gorgeous and loaded with pods. Shocked
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