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Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by Bluejay77, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Jun 23, 2017
    baymule

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    Any bunnies caught around here are dog food. Now talk about a dog fight..... LOL Unfortunately the beans look like they are goners. My okra too. :hit
     
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    Ridgerunner

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    I'm calling this one Miss T #6.

    Miss T Flower Blush.JPG
    At first glance the flower looks white but if you look closely you can see a blush of pink. Very pretty and delicate.

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    I thought all the flowers on one plant would be the same. Not so. As you can see some are that white blush and some are yellow. I saw three different spots where a yellow was next to a blush. I'm not sure what is going on with these. I don't know what to call the flower color for this plant.

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    Then the way it's growing. A rabbit bit off the top bud so the plant sent out two suckers or branches, one from each leaf joint below where it bit the top of the plant off. Those branches started reaching for the sky so I tied them up. They quit growing and never did develop any tendrils. I guess I'll call this a bush growth habit.

    The Miss T I grew last year was a vigorous productive pole bean. I got over 500 dried beans off of one plant. Those flowers were white but had some lavender colored markings, quite a bit darker than this blush. I have more Miss T's growing but only one other is much more than a sprout. That one is a pole bean but has not started blooming yet. It's still segregating, should be interesting.
     
  3. Jun 23, 2017
    Ridgerunner

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    The Hopper Holler a rabbit chewed the leaves off of. I think I saw a tiny bud coming out so I'll wait and see what happens. I did plant a second Hopper Holler just in case.

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    Then the Raspberry Ripple that was growing great as a bush until a cutworm chopped it off. It has sent out a small bud and is growing OK, I should get something off of this one. Last year's Raspberry Ripple was a pole so this one is still segregating too.
     
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    baymule

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    Rabbits :barnie:barnie:barnie cutworms :barnie:barnie:barnie
     
  5. Jun 24, 2017
    LocoYokel

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    rabbits, cutworms, chickens, O My... Perhaps a Yellow Brick path in the bean field? I am in NO way trying to lessen anyones misfortunes, I have the chicken issue myself. @baymule's statement just started that jingle in my head. Sorry if my humor offends. @Ridgerunner, I really admire you trying to grow out those unfortunate beans, that is some kinda dedication there... I just wish baymule's beans and okra had not been so devastated.
    After fencing my hens out...and the girls were NOT happy! ( :somad Egg count down for five days after removing them from pasture, aka my yard.:somad) These are my Scarlet Runners planted on the same day, in pots and straight into the garden. All seeds were soaked 48 hours, I find that a better germination rate for the huge seeds. I also took a yardstick and marked it to help the photos provide proper perspective. (Full marks in blue= 1 ft. Half marks in red= 6 in.)
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    Due to the difference in growth rate I will also take note of harvested beans per foot/plant; counting beans...:th
     
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    Ridgerunner

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    No offense at all. Since these are outgrowths from cross-pollinated beans it's possible each and every bean can be a new variety, I'd hate to lose one. Since they have different growth habits than their parent, I'm sure two of them are new varieties. I've already got a list of possible names going but I'll probably have to come up with a bunch more. There's just an excitement the first time you open up a dried bean from one of them to see what you got. The differences in colors and patterns you can get from what looked like the same bean are just amazing. For example, one of the beans I planted last year last year is in the middle. You can see what I harvested.

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    That's a pretty dramatic difference in rate of growth. I imagine your containers warm up faster than the ground, that might account for a lot of it. And I have different places in my garden that would produce different results too. I have a strip right through the middle of mine maybe 15 feet wide that generally doesn't produce nearly as well as the ends of the rows, it's a heavier clay. I keep throwing compost at it which helps but I just dug my potatoes. The difference in production in that area was pretty dramatic, size of potatoes more than numbers. They just were not very big.

    I'll mention I had my first mess of fresh green beans last night from my Bluejay bush beans. :drool
     
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    baymule

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    Garden humor rarely offends. Ya' gotta be tough to have a garden and deal with the failures and disappointments that come with it. We shoot for the successful harvests and brag endlessly, post pictures, eat with gusto..... and forget allllll about the failures......except for rabbits and cutworms!

    What works for me in the coop, I have "the talk" with my girls. I threaten to start at their little heads, squeeze down their necks, moving down their body, squeezing all the way, until some eggs "pop" out. :lol:
     
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    Ridgerunner

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    Bay I once tried showing them a Kentucky Fried poster to help emphasize that "talk" to the girls. It didn't help. Maybe they knew they were too old to fry and didn't understand the concept of "bake".
     
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    We're getting off-track from beans (that kind of stuff happens occasionally on this forum). To get back on track I'll show another photo of some beans I grew out last year. Again, the bean I planted is in the middle.

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