- Sep 8, 2020
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I love fresh butterbean limas, much better than canned. But limas need heat to do well. If I lived in your climate, @Branching Out , I would consider growing some of the white-seeded runner beans instead. Runner beans thrive in cooler climates... and they have HUGE shellies, to rival or exceed even the largest limas. @aftermidnight (also from BC) grew Piekny Jas, which is a delicious white-seeded runner bean. It does OK here, I have a couple pints of shellies in the freezer. Gigandes, Bianco de Spagna, and Royal Corona are similar varieties.My husband was forced to eat frozen cooked lima beans as a child, and now hates them. He goes on and on about how awful they are. So I have purchased seed, and plan to grow them and not tell him what they are. If all of you are growing them they must have some redeeming qualities, right??
I don't think I'm having any luck with the African Cave beans, unfortunately. Plants are dying indoors left and right. :[
Beautiful plants @Ladyreneer! So cheerful!Heirloom Gal, just curious how you water your beans on your counters and floor without getting everything wet and messy? BTW, I worry over my Network Beans just like you do. You're not alone. 😉
I think I probably/possibly hover over my plants and fuss over them more than I need to do. LOL. 😆 Of course I've got bunches of heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini, herbs, etc. all going at the same time.Beautiful plants @Ladyreneer! So cheerful!
For the most part I have the beans in trays that don't have any holes. I didn't have to worry much about getting water on the floors though because I watered them in only moderately when I planted them (not enough for water to leak out), and I only gave water one more time after that. When I did I didn't top water, I dipped each starter pot in sterile water for 3 seconds near exactly and lifted out so no water would come up to the surface of the pots. So, only bottom watering that one time. I do tend to get a bit of soil mix on the floors though bringing the plants in and out as I do, I guess it gets knocked out from the bottom holes. For that, I just blame the dog.
Flowerbug, I am very curious about this Purple Dove bean. You seem to have a very special attachment to it. What is it about Purple Dove that makes it such a compelling bean for you to grow?report from sister in southern NM is that they have Purple Dove bean sprouts.
my sprouts here have survived and are doing ok.