This year we are flipping our boxes around a little bit. In the past we have grown 2 boxes of sugar snap peas and 1 box of some type of variety of pole bean, but this year we are growing 2 boxes of pole green beans and 1 box of sugar snap peas which will grow up the trellis. Did that confuse you?
So with the sugar snap peas all planted (and all have sprouted!) we moved on to planting the green beans. We’ve had pretty good success with pole beans as we support them with built in box trelis or wire fencing. I know some of you probably grow bush beans but we’ve always found that pole beans grow better for us.
This year we are trying 2 types of green beans:
Kentucky Wonder (description found online: Kentucky Wonder is a wonderful heirloom variety with good old-fashioned taste. Pioneers depended on the harvest from this 6-8 foot tall variety, and generations of children have snapped the flat, straight, 6-8 inch long, silvery green pods. Many remember Grandma serving the freshly steamed tender pods, so full of that rich beany flavor.)
Blue Lake (description found online: This vigorous 7 foot tall variety made Oregon’s Willamette Valley famous in the 60s and 70s for canning beans. The smooth, 6-7 inch, dark green pods have a canning jar straight, round shape. Harvested at their peak, you’ll find them tender, meaty, and full of hearty, fresh bean flavor.)
We get very excited for bean and pea season here. Afternoon summer lunches are filled with fresh beans and a little pasta. For dinner they get eaten fresh, stir fries, casseroles. And snacks – green beans with a little sea salt on – does it get any better?
So let’s plant some green beans..
And the other trench.
These are the 2 types we’re trying. I got them at the Home Depot. The variety of pole beans isn’t as wide as bush beans. I wish we could have found some wax pole beans – maybe in the Fall I will special order them.
You sprinkle a little bit in each hole..
Now we wait…
Are you growing any beans this year?