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August 10th, 2019

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
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