|Jade Bush Beans in Inoculant|
|Square Foot Gardening Holes|
There are both green green beans (Jade) and yellow Romano beans (Capitano). Both varieties are bush beans. I have grown bush beans before with good success, one of the few things I can say that about! I love the look of pole beans, but they are too much trouble. The yellow are in the watermelon bed, which may turn out to be a mistake if the watermelon ever grows. I am counting on the beans to be tall enough to hold their own by that time.
|Bush Bean Bed (shared with two tomatoes, catnip, flowers, and an eggplant!)|
My grandmother canned pole green beans (back when they were called "string" beans) every year. She would plant on Good Friday; I don't know why. On family visits she would, without fail, serve her home canned green beans and white bread, no matter what the main dish. The beans were no longer green, but sort of grey due to over cooking. My grandmother didn't trust her own canning! She would open a jar (since "canning" is in glass jars not cans, why is it called "canning?"), pour the beans into a pan, and simmer them for hours to kill any bacteria. I don't know if it would have done so, but none of us ever got sick, so either it worked or her original canning was done correctly. After she died we found a pantry full of canned beans. She wouldn't put the new jars to the back and move the one's from the year before to the front. She just added more and more jars to the front of the shelf of beans. Not knowing how many years ago the beans had been canned ("jarred!") we through them out. My mother remembered lean years as a child when all they had to eat for dinner was green beans and bread.
Her soil was some of the best in the world. Really. Salinas, California, where she lived, has some of the best agricultural soil anywhere. Coincidentally, my brother lives in another fertile area of California, where, not so fortunately, developers continue to pave it over. My soil? As mentioned before, I live in an agricultural valley, the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, but my own back yard soil is clay.