Sunday, August 14, 2011
Bumper Benton Beans
We have frozen 2 bu of Benton green beans off 3 rows 30 feet long. That's .004 of an acre. When the green beans are good the soybeans are good and some of them are right beside the garden.
Thanks Brian in East Oregon for the seed. Brian is a vegetable seed producer and we have done some seed exchanges over the years. We hit the jackpot on this exchange.
All I did was make rows in the tilled soil with my garden planter and dropped the seed in thick and cover it with my work shoes. Of course I inoculated them with garden inoculant and they really took off and nodulated well. I spread a big of triple 12 across the 30 by 40 garden and it's had plenty of woodstove ash.
It got cultivated twice with my friend Steve's big wheel push cultivator and kept the weeds at bay. I never used any insecticide but should have used a little Sevin as there was some bean leaf beetle bites on a few pods.
LuAnn understands the correlation of the green bean harvest to our soybean harvest so she is already spending the money in her head. Another trip this winter wouldn't be too bad!
Wayne Murphy's little Cockshutt 20 would make a nice classic garden tractor.