I should be so lucky that my worst problem this week was fearing that my burgeoning Kwintus beans in the Three Sisters garden were flat. Ye gads! Not flat beans!
The Internets said flat pole beans could be a sign of a bum batch of seeds, or poor soil, or the apocalypse. Whoa.
Thankfully, I kept my head about me and went back to the seed package. Turns out, Kwintus beans are supposed to be flat. It’s very common for many heirloom bean varieties, such as Kwintus beans, to start out flat and stay flat.
The Kwintus beans are on the bottom left, and regular, ole bush snap beans on the left. You can see the Kwintus beans are much flatter and “bumpier” than the regular beans. That’s A-OK.
I like the taste of the Kwintus beans much better than the bush beans, which have an ever-so-slightly woody texture. I mean, it’s not like chewing on a stick, but comparing beans to beans, the Kwintus beans are much more tender and flavorful. Still, they have definitely been much slower to get going, so I think there’s always going to be a place for bush beans and pole beans in my yarden.
Hi Friends! I didn’t mean to be away so long, and there’s plenty to share from the yarden. Let’s start with beans!
Along with the pole bean seeds I’ve got in my Three Sisters area, I started a bunch of bush bean seeds. As the name in implies, bush beans grow like a free-standing bush and don’t need any support. They also have a different life span than pole beans. Pole beans keep producing all season, while bush beans produce a set number beans for a limited time. Folks who like to can appreciate bush beans because they plant a whole bunch at once, harvest a whole bunch at once, and can a whole bunch at once.
I like bush beans because they fill in gaps in my flower garden!
Beans generally don’t like to be started indoors and transplanted, but I have found that bush beans are far more forgiving than pole beans in that regard. I don’t think that I’ll ever start pole bean seeds in advance, but bush beans seem to do pretty well with the TP tubes. You can just plant the tube and all, and the bean hardly even notices.
I use an empty plastic lettuce container to keep the TP tubes upright, but any kind of Tupperware-y thing will do. The nice thing about bush bean seeds is they sprout pretty quickly, usually just a few days. And the seedlings you see above were only about a week old, so things move quickly.
I set these guys in one of my front beds to fill in some bald spots because their leaves grow lush and they only get about a foot high:
That was about two weeks ago, and they’re moving and grooving now.
No beans yet, but we should start to see some pretty purple bean flowers and pods soon.