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a pause in the green beans

i've been growing the same green beans for maybe 8-10 years now. i've been saving the seeds and planting them again. they're pole beans, kentucky wonder or kentucky blue. a common variety, nothing special. they grow well for me and produce tasty green beans.

my question is:

is it normal for pole beans to produce like crazy, come to the end of all the beans, every single last one... then wait two weeks before finally putting out new blossoms for new beans?

i dont remember them doing this when i first started growing them. admittedly when i first started growing them the japanese beetles werent so bad here as they've gotten in the last few years. but after a particularly bizarre (minnesota) winter, with unusually and completely bare ground in january's intense below zero freeze, the japanese beetles arent very bad this year at all. at first i thought it was the fault of the #@%$*&# beetles. that they'd destroyed too many leaves, and the plants had to make new leaves before it could make new blossoms. because they did. but this year, the leaves are barely damaged. and no new leaves have grown before the second round of blossoms came. yet we still had the two week gap before the end of all beans and the start of new blossoms.

our growing season is short up here, and i hate to lose time like that. any suggestions?

here is a picture of the two rows of beans, each row about 12 feet long. and wanting to be even taller than my trellises

Mid-Season Succession Planting

Just thought I'd share this, which arrived in my Inbox this morning.

I've long been a happy customer of several seed houses, purchasing on-line.
One of those is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, who sends their mailing list updates, promotions, and things such as this video, about succession planting and what you can still plant in July (in the northern hemisphere):


As the presenter in this video says, they're talking mainly about USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7, but with some calendar adjustments for the warmer zones, and perhaps some season extension in the cooler ones, you may be able to use at least a couple of these suggestions.

Happy gardening, and happier harvesting!

Garlic And Planting Calendar

So, here's the situation.
Last year, I'd ordered several varieties of seed garlic which arrived in good time for planting.
But...I procrastinated, trying to get some other, more urgently time-sensitive matters attended to, figuring I could always plant the garlic "in another three or four days."
Set the seed garlic aside for those "three or four days," and, well, out of sight, out of mind.
The upshot is, I ended up planting them.... H'mm: I believe it was during the first week of this month. Or, the second week.
Not all of the buds were in good enough condition to plant, and had to be discarded, but I reasoned I'd play a kind of garden lotto with the rest, and see what happens. The "plan" is to use this garlic for more seed garlic.

What buds the squirrels haven't dug up and made off with, are sprouting.
Now, in this region (northeast Ohio), garlic does best when planted in the autumn; autumn-planted garlic gets harvested the following summer.

As I've messed up the planting/growing schedule for this garlic, what does the hive mind say is my best bet for eventually producing full, robust heads of garlic to seed, grow andultimately harvest?
First, the usual obligatory disclaimer: I am in no way officially connected to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds; I have been a regular customer for just over a decade.

[ETA:  Link has been corrected.]

Baker Creek is contributing one-hundred percent of its online seed sales on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of this month (March) to relief effords for the devastating flooding in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and the central U.S.A. states of Nebraska and Iowa.
I do sincerely apologize that I wasn't aware of this particular fundraising effort before this morning, especially since today is its last day.


Permit me, if you will, to include a reminder that if you are in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, standard shipping of your order is free of charge.
Although I do a fair bit of my garden seed purchasing in brick and mortar stores, I also do a lot---I'd say more than half---through mail order.
Now that many of us are putting our gardens to bed for the winter season, many of us also have begun planning next year's gardens, which is how this came to my attention.

I just wanted to let those of you who are in the United States, Canada and Mexico know that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds now offers free regular shipping to these three countries.  "Regular" means standard shipping, roughly two weeks for delivery (within the U.S., anyway).  Expedited, overnight, express, whatever else, will be at whatever those rates are.
My apologies that I have no knowledge of how the exchange rates between our three countries works these days, but I did want to let my fellow gardeners know about what I believe is the new shipping policy for shipping to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds can be found here:

Clearance Sale Gardening Supplies

I was in the local Dollar Store the other day when I noticed that they had their 50-pack seed starter pots deeply discounted. I paid 75 cents rather than 3 dollars which I thought was a nice savings. I hope the rest of you will be able to find some gardening goodies too!

Pic Heavy Garden Update

On year two of living in the new place, I had more time to devote to gardening. I spent at least an hour a night in the spring working on weeding, planting, pulling up plastic and organizing bricks. Then we had a dry couple of months where I didn't have to do much except throw buckets of rain barrel water on everything. Some pictures:

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Not sure if I'll be able to keep the moonflower long term. Someday I may keep bees. Does anyone know if certain plants poison the soil or might make poison honey? Just today, I saw a male and female green and gray hummingbird flying around behind the fence. I wonder what they were attracted to. Next year, I plan on putting in cleomes for them.

My son's legacy plant from his grandma (it thrived on her kitchen table in a small pot for a decade with northern light) is a schefflera that has not thrived tended by me. Since a 4 foot tall schefflera grows beautifully in a neighbor's yard with northern exposure, it seemed okay to put it outdoors in a 5 gallon tub with the same environment. First, all its leaves dropped off and then the trunk shriveled despite watering. Now it's in a more shaded spot with water increased and up from the bottom come new leaves, thank goodness. Any thoughts on keeping the plant going even better? Would it be okay to trim the dead trunk way down?
For two years, my sister and I each nursed a white geranium along. We live 200 miles apart. She has the greener thumb, but hers died and so did mine despite all tries to encourage them. Our other pinks, purples and scarlet ones did wonderfully well with amazing flowers each year and constant growth to their maximum spread in the same environment as the whites. Has anyone noticed a similar weakness in whites?

I want a big display of white flowers in the backyard's northeastern corner and am now considering a white peony. It's said to take a few years to take off flowering, though, and the geraniums generally bloom quicker. Middle CA valley, boiling hot summers, occasional freezes, full sun for the desired spot in zone 9. Would anyone have suggestions for big white display?

unknown plant

Does anybody have any idea what this is? I'm in Wisconsin, zone 5.

Edit: Euphorbia marginata


This pretty plant came up in my yard. It's out in the lawn next to a tree seedling that I planted from bare root. I've never seen anything like it, though it looks a little like a milkweed. It's about 18 inches or a little over. A single stem. The white-edge leaves are only at the top.



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