Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Other Summer Beans

I thought I'd do a quick post on some of the other beans I have growing in the garden at the moment.
The Tongue of Fire shell beans are coming along nicely. While it is considered a bush bean variety, the vines are very aggressive and will climb to three feet tall if allowed to. I might erect a short trellis for them next year as the vines are a tangled mess at the moment.

This is my first time growing shell beans. I wonder how much of a harvest we'll get from this one bed.

I'd almost forgotten about my long beans. They were transplanted out in early May and for the longest time appeared to be doing nothing. It was only a few days ago that I noticed the vines were beginning to climb their trellis and produce flowers. To me, the pods resemble shoe laces as they are produced in pairs. If you've never tried long beans, I would highly recommend them. They have a lot of crunch to them and a wonderful flavor in my opinion.

Finally, my early sown green soybeans (stripped of their leaves at one point by Mr. Groundhog) have rebounded and are setting their pods. My 2nd and 3rd sowings are just starting to flower now. If I can keep the field mice and chipmunks at bay, we might just get a good harvest this year.


  1. nice garden u have there, Thomas...Kudos! :)

  2. Love these photos! Have a great day!

  3. My beans never did get off the ground this year. That first picture makes me want to try a little harder for them next year!

  4. How exotic! We should plant some beans for a late fall harvest.

  5. I love long beans but I don't think it gets warm enough here to grow them and the same probably goes for edamame. The one time I tried growing edamame they turned out to be bunny and rodent magnets and I lost the entire planting. It will be interesting to see how productive your shell beans are. I have always done pole shell beans and they are incredibly productive.

  6. Nice beans. I just may have to try those long beans next year.

  7. You really have some different varieties of beans!
    Where do you get all the different kinds from?
    I just plant the blue lake bush bean.
    Easy to take care of and easy to harvest.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

  8. Those are looking good. I'll have to do an inventory of my beans at some point.

  9. Beautiful beans! My edamame is out there in the heat patiently waiting for me to pick...

  10. This is very nice and more than beautiful garden design and sharing on the site.Because there are different variates species in the garden and good leaf has good growing and cultivation so very enjoyable garden.

  11. We are growing lone bean too, and I am loving it! It's a keeper in our garden for sure!