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Green beans are a mystery

By Penny Stine

When I was out in the garden last night, I saw some enormous green beans, so I decided to pick all I could find. Seriously, I picked all the large ones I saw, in all the places where my green beans are growing.



This morning, I went out to see what was interesting and would make a good blog entry, and what did I spy with my little eye?

Yes, this honking green bean!

How did I miss it?







So then I went around to all the other places where I’m growing green beans to see if I could find a few more misses.

When I planted, I had more seeds than what would fit along the fence where I wanted them to grow or on the trellis, so I stuck a few tomato cages in the ground and planted pole beans around them.







I’m happy I did, since for reasons I can’t figure out, the beans on the fence didn’t do well. Most of them didn’t even sprout. There are only two sad little bean plants growing along this fenceline, which is at least 12 feet long, and where I planted easily two dozen seeds. 

To add insult to injury, these plants are just starting to flower!






Ditto for the beans on this trellis. More than three sprouted, but they died, so this is all I have on the trellis.


When Becky at work gave me three tomato plants, I put them here on this trellis, since the beans were a no-show. At least I had someplace to put the tomatoes, and they appear quite happy. 







Luckily, I had quite a few unused tomato cages and planted beans in random places, where they’re doing fine. These ones are a yellow, Romano-style pole bean, which I’ve never tried before.

They’re a little slower to produce, since I’ve picked green beans several times, but until last night and this morning, I didn’t have any yellow ones big enough to pick.






In my quick search this morning before work, this is how many I found.I probably picked about twice that many last night, when I thought I picked every bean that was big enough to pick. Obviously, they’re really good at hiding.  


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