Thursday, October 11, 2012

Garden Report - Chinese Long Beans

It's the end of the season.  We've had a few freezes and I can report on how well the long beans did.

I told you before that the Chinese green long beans were somewhat of a late bloomer.    Seriously late bloomer.   I had despaired that we would get many beans from them at all and predicted that we wouldn't do the green ones again.

I was wrong.

Turns out, the Chinese red long beans love the heat, but the green long beans love the cool.   As soon as the the weather cooled, the green ones took off.   Took.  Off. 

In addition, the green long beans are reasonably frost hardy.   We've had three nights of light frosts and the green long beans are doing better than ever.   Here's a pic:

The red long beans are on the left side of the trellis.  The green ones are on the right side of the trellis.   Big difference.

The red long beans got spots all over the leaves as soon as it frosted.  The green ones keep right on going and bearing.

I got the original seeds from Baker Creek [www.rareseeds.com].  I saved seed from the red beans last year and planted them in the Spring.   I had excellent germination.     I'll save seed this year, too.

The red long beans are fabulous for mid season bearing.   We love them - they are my favorite bean.  I'll always have these.   They do well in the heat and they bear like crazy.  

The green ones are slower going.  I planted them at the same time, but they didn't hit their stride until late in the season after the weather dropped from the100's and  90's to the 80s and lower.  I'm guessing these would be wonderful for northern gardens.  Since the green ones are so cold tolerant, I'm going to try to plant the green ones at the same time I plant peas next year to give them a head start in the cool.     At the very least, I know that they're a fantastic fall bearing bean and I'll be saving some seed for late next season, too. 

5 comments:

  1. Do those two cross pollinate at all? Do you get funky second gen plants? Just curious. :)

    I think we got our final picking of green beans yesterday (I think they're the Kentucky blues). Processed a couple of gallon bags. I'm so through with processing. :P

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    1. Good question! Beans aren't supposed to cross pollinate, but I know they do. I'll see next year!

      I hate processing beans. We eat ours fresh, hence the need for an extended bean season.

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    2. I'd be very interested to find out what the beans turn out like next year. :)

      We usually just blanch and freeze our beans because that's easier than canning them. I love the taste of canned beans though...it's the mushy, salty flavor that I crave from southern cooking.

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  2. I love fresh green beans in the summer months but in the winter I really don't mind canned beans at all. So this year I canned a few quarts of beans - first time I've done that myself. I love your blog Robin - I am a lover of color also. I work with wool - do traditional rug hooking. I'm trying to learn how to dye it myself. Kind of scary!

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    1. Hi Janice! I hope that you love your beans when you open up those jars. Such a great feeling in the dead of winter!

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