Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Robbomb116 Today at 4:53 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Kelejan Today at 4:42 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Kelejan Today at 4:34 pm

» Admin back! Classic cars
by Kelejan Today at 4:29 pm

» Kale & Parsnip Question
by countrynaturals Today at 3:09 pm

» New England September 2016
by camprn Today at 2:59 pm

» Hand Pollination ?
by camprn Today at 2:57 pm

» compost thermometer
by sanderson Today at 1:58 pm

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by sanderson Today at 12:54 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:37 pm

» EXPERIMENT: Tomatoes to Powder
by trolleydriver Today at 11:00 am

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:29 am

» The Research Journey:what to plant now, fall gardening in Dallas-Ft worth
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:55 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:53 pm

» Medical Topic...may be helpful to some folk....
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:50 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Jul 2016 - Wwwwaaaaahhhhh!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 6:07 pm

» Another item for composting.
by llama momma Yesterday at 4:04 pm

» mulching
by dstack Yesterday at 12:27 pm

» 1,000 worms on their way....
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 11:45 am

» Mid-Atl - Oct 2016 - Fall Garden 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:32 am

» When is a great time to start a garden? The Fall!
by MrBooker Yesterday at 6:05 am

» NEW ENGLAND OCT 2016
by Scorpio Rising 9/24/2016, 10:02 pm

» leggy potatoes plants were started too early in the hous
by sanderson 9/24/2016, 8:31 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by Kelejan 9/24/2016, 12:49 pm

» Mix for making soil blocks
by trolleydriver 9/24/2016, 7:54 am

» soil testing
by Kelejan 9/23/2016, 9:26 pm

» Terrible News: Bumblebees In Trouble
by Scorpio Rising 9/23/2016, 8:51 pm

» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by Scorpio Rising 9/23/2016, 8:49 pm

» A traditional German dish with a Fall twist.
by sanderson 9/23/2016, 6:38 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Bush Bean Recommendation

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  coot on 7/4/2010, 12:10 pm

I planted Burpee stringless bush beans the end of April and I'm still not seeing anything other than yellow leaves. Can anyone recommend a bush bean variety that is hardy and guaranteed to grow? Also, any tips for keeping these plants healthy, such as sund and watering requirements, fertilizer, etc.?

coot

Female Posts : 24
Join date : 2010-03-13
Age : 53
Location : Haymarket, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  camprn on 7/4/2010, 12:34 pm

Yellow foliage may mean you need to fertilize. How are the rest of the plants doing in the garden?

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13979
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  Chopper on 7/4/2010, 12:50 pm

I planted 6 squares of bush beans. The green "Contender" beans are yellow and sickly and have been the whole time. The black beans are very green and the yellow beans look green, but lighter, were yellow, no longer are. These are all in the same box with the same soil and the same feeding. I have no idea what the differences are.

All beans are producing, however it does look like the green are producing fewer than the yellow. So may I just say, avoid Contender. That said the pack I have is also a couple of years old, but so are the others.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/4/2010, 5:31 pm

My favourite is Top Crop, but I couldn't find them this year -- the beans are all clustered at the top of the plant and are easy to pick. I planted Tendergreen and got a fairly decent crop. I was very pleased with the bean quality -- virtually stringless and tender even when I let them get too big. But it doesn't look like they are putting on a second crop like some bush beans do. Next year I'll plant twice as many. My all-time favourite bush bean both for fresh eating and shelling is Dragon's Tongue. They are a flat bean and never go tough until the pods start to dry. They cook up sort of chartreuse, so not a true green bean. But wow, are they good.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 7/4/2010, 5:33 pm

I planted 'Contender' from Ferry Morse, and they are vigorously producing beans. I had a few leaves go brown and spotty on me last month, but a few treatments with Neem oil seemed to fix it.

The Cat's Other Mother

Female Posts : 142
Join date : 2010-05-17
Location : Decatur, GA, Zone 7B

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  coot on 7/5/2010, 5:14 pm

@camprn wrote:Yellow foliage may mean you need to fertilize. How are the rest of the plants doing in the garden?
Can't say the rest of the garden looks that great. Here's a pic of the sick beans. Most of the leaves have fallen off already. Keep in mind these were planted the last week of April. Pretty sad, huh? I did fertilize with Garden Tone a few weeks ago:

Next to the beans is my pickling cucumber. One cuc did grow off this but I let it go too long and it turned bright yellow. Those leaves don't look too well either:

Now here's a puzzler...two peppers grown from seed at the same time but the one on the right was transplanted into the garden about 2 weeks before the one on the left. Could the plants on the right be getting too much shade cover from the fence??

The most misshapen strawberries I've EVER seen. Look more like Hershey kisses:

The "cherry" on top of my garden fail-tales is the enormous hornworm I found on one of my tomatoes this morning. I literally screamed out loud and then bashed the poor critter to death in my fright. I remember using cardboard tubes around the base of the stem in past years, so I'll try that.

I'd like to say that this year is another learning experience for me, but I don't have a clue what I'm doing wrong. I suppose I could relocate the boxes if they need more sun, but does anyone have a clue before I go to the trouble? Any advice for eradicating hornworms?

coot

Female Posts : 24
Join date : 2010-03-13
Age : 53
Location : Haymarket, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  miinva on 7/5/2010, 6:19 pm

My favorite is definitely Blue Coco and I got my bean seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The beans are a beautiful shade of purple and they taste wonderful!

Edit: Oops! Those are pole beans Smile I haven't had much luck with any of the varieties of bush beans that I tried.

miinva

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 47
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

View user profile http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  Chopper on 7/5/2010, 7:09 pm

@The Cat's Other Mother wrote:I planted 'Contender' from Ferry Morse, and they are vigorously producing beans. I had a few leaves go brown and spotty on me last month, but a few treatments with Neem oil seemed to fix it.

Then perhaps the fact that my Contender seeds were old affected their growth. Or any of 100 other variables. LOL. Good to know they can be a great bean.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bush Bean Recommendation

Post  Sponsored content Today at 4:59 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum