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2018 Little Easy Bean Network - Join Us In Saving Amazing Heirloom Beans

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by Bluejay77, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Oct 6, 2018
    flowerbug

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    the other thought i have is that if you remove any new flowers and pods that are forming at least you are not going to impact the harvest because those have no chance at all of making beans.

    my lack of really close experience with all the varieties and crosses and selections is that i don't really know how long it takes for them to form a fully filled out bean that is mature enough to be viable...

    for the Fordhook Lima beans it seems to be about 3 weeks under mid-summer conditions. now it's late and not very sunny so i'm not sure i'll get any more full pods at all. i hope so, another crop/harvest would be appreciated, but i kinda doubt it... i'm letting them flower for the bees that seem to love 'em.

    no frost in the forecast for the next week at least...
     
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    the bean farmers in some places will actually chop the plants off or disturb their roots and then pile them up in winnow rows so they will finish up if they won't do it naturally. i'm not even sure where i read this it's been some time since i did...

    if i'm really worried about rains ruining some seeds i'll get pods that appear to be plump and firm enough that the seeds should be viable. i'm always amazed at some of the beans how much pigment the seed coats already have even if the pod if still pretty green and wet.
     
  3. Oct 10, 2018
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    @flowerbug, If you got bush plants and are worried about seed getting ruined. If also if some of the pods have yellowed and some green ones are plumped up with full seeds just pull the plants out of the ground. Trim off the leaves and hang them up off the ground. Put some poles in the ground with 3 inch screws in them in several places to hang the plants on them. If you got some sort of out buildings. Run some twine strings across the inside and hang plants on those. Pole beans most of the pods are already off the ground. I don't think there is much you can do about those unless you just pull up the pole beans and put the under a roof somewhere. Inside an out building or inside a garage. I would leave my car outside if I had to and use the space for drying beans.

    I dried some Tobacco patch pods recently that were green and dried them till they were crisp and I'll show you the nice normal looking seed that came out of them when I do my Bean show after I get all my photos done. I also dried some pods of a couple other varieties pretty green too.
     
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    Thanks Zeedman. Yes, I’ll try! I thought the Madagascar Limas we’re pushing it but couldn’t resist. I do agree that it’s exploring possibilities which keeps gardening - and life generally - interesting, as you say.
     
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    Yes, sorry. You’re absolutely right. 580mm. Luckily!
     
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    it's been raining pretty regular the past three weeks and also the foggy/heavy dew nights we have, i don't think anything if left outside would do well in this. we're way ahead of normal rainfall this year.

    when i see any plump enough pods on certain plants i'm bringing them in to finish up. no room to hang things and no outbuildings here. we're a very tiny place. whatever i bring in has to fit in my room somehow.

    i did spend time yesterday consolidating box tops from the various gardens and even started some sorting (i'm getting cabin fever from all this rain and wanted to do something garden related) so at least now i have some room back for drying pods/beans if i do need it.

    the MunChedPale's have some nice thick pods coming along, the seeds in those will be viable, i'll grab whatever i can if there's any kind of a frost warning or if they start turning/shrinking. maybe another week or two. i hope. :)
     
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    i figured as much, but good to know for sure. :)
     
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    Woohoo, finally got my keyboard issue fixed! Happy to see what everyone's up to.

    @aftermidnight, do you (or how do you) clean the tulle bags between uses? I accidentally transferred some spider mites to a few other plants, I think with the tulle bags, before I realized the spider mites had visited my yard... I popped some bags in the washing machine and they seemed to survive okay, but I wonder if it's actually enough to "sanitize" them.

    @ Russ - Really neat to hear how you manage seed storage on your end! Do you have a link to the boxes you use for freezer storage?
     
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    @saritabee I have a lot of the little wedding favor bags and don't think I've reused any yet but you bring up a good point. I think maybe putting them in a bowl of water, stick it in the microwave and bring it to a boil would do the trick. Less wear and tear then washing them.
     
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    @saritabee,

    This is the link to the place where I purchase boxes and my 4 mil. ziploc baggies for freezing bean seed. I use a 12 x 7 x 5 box and a 3 x 4 inch 4 mil ziploc. You might want to use different sizes.

    https://www.uline.com/Index
     
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