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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Longland, Wm.
Peas and beans for everybody's garden,   pp. 43-45 PDF (764.4 KB)


Page 44


44           FIFTY-FIRsT ANNUAL REPORT OF
soil. We cultivate between the rows as often as possible as they
like plenty of cultivation. I change the location every year. Peas
planted early will generally do well in anybody's garden.
BEANS FOR EVERYBODY'S GARDEN
French Beans or Stringless Beans as they are generally called
are I think one of our earliest vegetables to grow and keep in suc-
cession. The three best varieties that I know to be prolific and
very long bearing are 1st, "Cook's Prolific," long, stringless,
round
grejenipod; 2d, "Sutton's Masterpiece," stringless, long flat,
green
pod; 3d, "Farquahar's White Wax."
The ground is prepared as for peas. I generally plant the first
crop of beans the latter part of April or as soon as the weather
permits. I draw a wide drill with a hoe and sow all along the
row, allowing 20 to 24 inches between rows. I plant these three
varieties at the same time. These start to bear as numbered. For
succession I plant every ten days till September. While they are
bearing I never pick them when they are wet, always picking
them in the afternoon as it prevents rust. Then I always pick
what is ready to pick as they will bear very much longer that way.
Sometimes in midsummer the bean hopper will do damage just
as they make their first leaves by sucking all of the juices out of
the leaves. I take white mosquito netting in long strips and lay it
over the beans until they get larger. Then take it off and put it
over the next succeeding crop, this way they are not hurt as it
is in the young stage when the damage is done. Cultivate well
but never in the morning when the dew is on the beans, wait till
they are dry.
IIMA BEANS
The ground is prepared as for peas and beans. As a rule
there are many complaints about lima beans rotting in the ground.
Generally the reason for this is a cold wet spell just after the
beans are planted. For the past 17 years I have not had any
trouble that way. This way takes a little longer but it is sure.
Chop out a hole with a hoe every foot, drop in a handful of sand,
push three or four beans in the sand edgeways and cover up
lightly with soil. This way they will not rot or break their necks
in coming up, which the large varieties are apt to do.
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