after a delayed start, we have had some production to note.
uncle steve, and grandma gina are the king and queen of the late season pole beans here. once they get going,
they continue to produce until frost kills them. there are only ten or so grandma gina out there, but the vines
have a lot of very large beans. uncle steve has a twelve to fifteen foot row, and i can expect to fill a few gallon bags
for the freezer.
grandmas brown bean i am growing out for fresh seed. this was one of the beans that darryl jones grandma grew.
it is a green bean that has light strings as it matures.
lohreys special from the swap maybe three plants are growing, i am saving for seed.
maries italian one volunteer plant from last year from a seed that survived the winter. quite a few beans on that one plant.
same color as uncle steve, but a round bean vs flat pod.
seychelles only one plant growing from the swap. i tried a couple beans, and they were like green grass in flavor raw.
not impressed, but maybe they cook up fine. saving seed.
virginia white seed from sandhill preservation, very impressive large beans on this one. i snacked on a few smaller beans and they
were good. i waited too long, and most of the beans got too big, so should have seed for this one.
aerons purple star runner bean, i grow this one for the bright red flowers that attract hummers. i snack on them raw during the season
but never have had any make it into the pot. large purple pods. the bean seeds are pretty.
grandma gina/uncle steve cross this was a chance cross a few years ago. some of my uncle steve beans produced a deep blue/black seed.
the beans are still stabilizing. this is maybe the fourth generation. there are about three variations of purple streaked beans, and two versions
of solid light green beans, one longer, and one that is shorter and fatter. i have tried every version, and they all have a hint of sweetness that
makes them a good snacking bean. i picked about a 5 lb bag of them today. there will be plenty for seed saving if, and its a big if right now the
weather holds long enough for the seed to mature. i am going to need the entire month of september for that to happen. once october comes,
frost is imminent. i may send in some seeds from last year to the swap with stipulations in the event i don't get any this year.
gotch, i wish i could have given you some uncle steve beans to take with you, but they weren't ready yet. they would make you a bean grower.
one taste of those beans would have you wanting more. always extra seeds on hand for uncle steve.
thats whats happening so far here
Emerite started out fine and then some seemed to get some disease and dry up. Others were eaten off by something.
French Gold started strong and then I lost a couple and the rest never really produced.
Climbing French (green flat) only one to make it and I am picking daily.
Monte Gusto (yellow) has always been strong but never took off.
Understand many faced these issues with the excessive dryness. Better luck next year!
Truthfully, I like green beans cooked soft, sacrilegious as that statement is in some circles, but firm, crisp ones are pretty good as long as there’s been reasonable time under heat.
I planted the bulk of my bush filet beans, Rolande, September 1st. And A few a couple of weeks before that, some more will go in this coming week, if not sooner. I had pretty good yields, all things considered, on the three flat pole beans, Nor’easter, Spanish Musica, and Algarve, and then the filet Emerite, but those have been ripped out since June. We had all we wanted fresh, I gave my mom and dad what they wanted and she blanched and froze the surplus. But, I’m craving some fresh ones so hopefully I’ll get some come October into November.
Monte Gusto (yellow wax) keeps cranking them out. My best year with them and while later then usual, we've just been blessed with an abundance.
Carminant (purple) grew well but normally they grow long and slender and this year they got 'beany' quickly and while short so they ended up as long, pudgy beans instead of the long, slender, tender they should be.
Fortex (green) never really took off. I did get some, but was a disappointing year. Might try another variety next year.
I grew Seychelles a year or two and moved on - wasn't impressed. I've never heard of Uncle Steve's. I'm looking for a replacement for Fortex; I was thinking of Emerite for a try next year.
The Fortex were planted later than normal, didn't get in until June 14th, soil is sandy and dry, I watered often. Part of the bed is covered by black plastic to try to reduce evaporation (natural depressions poked with a knife for water drainage) but ends about 8 inches from the beans. Later in the summer the other side of the rows had slices of old hay bales pulled up for mulch. First major picking for processing was August 15th. I have left enough pods on to dry for fresh seed, if the deer don't get to them first when I turn off the electric fence back there. There is a two strand electric fence that runs on house current and will give a strong zap (ask me how I know) and they respect it all summer, but every year come Sept/Oct and they go into their fall feeding frenzy, one or more will jump the fence and then take it down on their way out. At that point I might as well just turn it off.
for those of you who are unfamiliar with the uncle steve italian pole bean, i got this one from my
great uncle steve. he was from the old country, sicily, no mob connections that i am aware of. there was
one relative that owned a miniature golf course that my mom said might have had some shady connections,
but, all just hear say to me. anyway, not having a living grandpa, steve served that role for me. the guy knew
how to grow stuff, like many italians of that generation. he gave me the bean seeds that i have been growing
every year for 47 or 48 years, and will continue to grow until i myself am planted.
the bean is a flat romano type bean with a curve at the end with dark purple streaks, no strings. it tolerates cooler
weather better than other beans i have grown. in detroit, it will start producing late july. i could pick a bucket and
two days later, i could pick another bucket, and so on and so on until the temp climbed into the 90s for a few weeks.
extreme heat will shut uncle steve down for awhile. if you water them, and keep them alive, they will start producing
a second smaller flush of beans until frost kills them. the vines will grow 12 to 18 feet in length, they never really stop growing.
i have never had a no bean year with them. some years better than others, yes, but never nuthin. if i get a good amount of seeds,
i will send them to gary for the swap. if that doesn't happen, sandhill preservation has them, thanks to darryl jones who supplies
them with the seed.
uncle steve, and grandma gina both have a hint of sweetness snacking on them in the garden. the gina/steve cross i have has
the sweetness times three or four. i am happy with what i have so far.
I mix them in for color with green beans in soups, stews, casseroles and cold three bean salad. They seem to mature just a few days earlier than greens, but I can't remember the last time we ate yellows by themselves.. I grow them maybe once every three years, have enough in the freezer to last a couple of years since they don't get used up as fast.
I’m yellow wax bean curious. Maybe I’ve been missing out.
I grew up hating wax beans because all I tasted were the canned ones, which I still can't stand. To me they have an "unfinished,but old blah taste" which is as close to a description as I can come. Fresh wax beans lightly boiled or steamed and buttered and salted, I can eat. I will never like them as well as green beans, they do taste different, maybe missing that flavor note that the green color provides? You might try just a short part of a row, and see what you think. Same growing conditions for me, but I'm up north, so a few days of low 90's is about all I tend to get for hottest heat, mid 70's to mid 80's is normal summer weather here.karstopography wrote: ↑Thu Sep 08, 2022 3:11 pm @ddsack do the yellow beans taste anything like the green ones? Do the yellow ones have the same basic needs on growing conditions, temperatures, water, etc, or are they cooler or hotter weather lovers than most of the green beans?
I’m yellow wax bean curious. Maybe I’ve been missing out.
Yellow beans and greens are pretty much grown the same way here in Texas, also all the other colors. Most stop setting in our mid season of heat, but if alive, set more when it starts cooling off. To us, the yellows have a slightly lighter/less beany taste ?? if that makes sense, but we like them all. We also make dilly bean pickles with them. The romano type of yellows are more "meaty" tasting than the filet types, at least to us.
Those uncle beans sound good, Rxkeith, and nice to have a family heirloom.
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