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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Harper, Blanchard
Hints from an old maid's garden for home gardeners,   pp. 217-218 PDF (415.6 KB)

Page 217

Beans. Home gardeners are usually limited as to space and
time, and therefore will find bush beans and dwarf peas more
economical in brush, poles, wire netting, ground space, and cul-
tivation as to area, than the tall growing sorts.
Those who have not tried the bush lima beans miss one of
the chief delicacies of the garden. Many suppose that the
limas will not ripen here because our season is too short, but I
get here in Madison, a good long season of them.
The Fordhook Bush Lima is comparatively new, is prolific al-
though not equal in that respect to Wood's Prolific, early, rich,
buttery, and delicious, belonging to the potato lima class.
The Thorburn (or Dreer) Bush Lima is similar to the fore-
going, but much later, bearing until the garden is entirely
frozen up. It has been my stand-by for several years, and the
beans are delicious cooked fresh or canned.
The Wood's Prolific Bush Lima, an improved edition of Hen-
derson's Bush, belongs to a different class of bean, the sieva
bean, and to my taste is not as nice as the two first named, but
it is useful as coming between the two first in point of time, as
affording a change of variety, and also and chiefly because of
its ability to withstand drouth. In my garden last year the
Fordhook matured for picking before the drouth, the Wood's
Prolific furnished good picking during the drouth, while my
favorite Thorburn's were laden with pods which shrivelled and
dried up. As soon as the rain came the Thorburn's blossomed
and would have had a good crop again, but were frozen down
just before the beans were ready to pick.
I plant them all in well manured ground, sprinkling in addi-
tion artificial fertilizer over the row at the time of sowing and
two or three times more between the time the plants come up
and pods are formed.
Last year one of the pleasant surprises the garden gave was
the fine crop obtained from a twenty-five foot row of Early
Valentine beans in September and October. During the drouth
when the ground was baked so hard in the hard clay forming
my soil that I had to chop out the furrow with the point of a
potato-hoe I sowed my Early Valentines. After digging the

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