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Beans

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Question: 551-2211
Last year we planted bush beans in virgin soil. We hardly got any beans. I have yet to till this year. Should I try again? Sonny, Whit, IL

Mort's Answer:
Beans can be planted every two weeks. I would try again . Beans need to be cultivated in the evening and not after the rain. For some reason they are hampered by brushing against them. It may be easier to try pole beans. Use a higher middle number fertilizer and a little lime to free up those other nutrients.

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Question: 578-2911
I had some pole beans come up in my bush bean patch. I have used a home made fish emulsion of fish, brown sugar and vinegar. My pole beans are doing fine but the bush beans are lush but have dropped their flowers. We had to plant late because of the flooding this spring. What is going on? Mike, Taneyville, MO

Mort's Answer:
Because the pole beans may have rooted under the flood and they are genetically more favorable to more nitrogen, they have had a sufficient proportion of phosphorus to nitrogen. Pole beans are 80 days to maturity, while bush beans are 40 days to harvest. I would wait until another week or two before pulling them. I would also supplement both with 5-10-5 granular fertilizer to raise the ratio of phosphorus. Generally, fish have fair amounts of phosphorus but the dead flesh, which is accelerated by the sugar and vinegar has produced plenty of nitrogen. Beans and other legumes are nitrogen fixing. You have plenty of energy for vegetative growth but the stems need more calcium and phosphorus to hold the flowers.

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Question: 741-1812
We cannot seem to find dried butter beans in our super markets . I understand some folks call them lima beans. I would lie to plant some in my garden. Where can I find them? Beth, Roswell, NM

Mort's Answer:
Like Narcissus and Daffodils, Lima and Butter bean are used interchangeably in some parts of the country. Try contacting large seed companies. Those seeds are coming from somewhere. Where I live , I buy canned butter beans. Limas are smaller green beans and the butter beans are white and yellow, when cooked. Phaeseolus lunatus is the latin for butter beans and P.limensis are limas. This will help you through some of the confusion.

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Question: 756-2112
My bush and pole beans do not do well. I use a lot of manure but it does not help. Sonny, Taylorville,IL

Mort's Answer:
Bush beans have fruit in 45 days and poles in 75. You need to supplement the manure with some higher phosphorus fertilizer like 5-10-10. All fruit type vegetables need less nitrogen and more phosphorus and potash. Unless you have a late garden that seeps into a river, you will need to add the phosphorus.

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