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Jan 3, 2019 - 11:43:23 AM
13816 posts since 12/2/2005

There are certain things that can keep us looking forward during the deep winter months. One of them, IMO, is garden planning.

Two questions for experts. The first has to do with beans - specifically, shell beans or beans for drying. Nothing like a good bean soup on a cold winter night!

Seems that most good shell beans are bush beans. I planted a bed full of 'em two summers ago, and while they were terrific the yield per stem isn't all that impressive and I really don't have that much space to devote to one somewhat underperforming crop. This past summer I tried to do it with pole beans - which offer a much better yield per square meter of garden space but the varieties are far more limited. I ended up using Kentucky Wonders and letting them go to seed rather than harvesting them as green beans. The yield there was better with three pyramids comprising less than half the space of the bed the previous summer. But the beans themselves aren't as gorgeous.

So my first question is: who's got a good cultivar and source for a pole bean other than Kentucky Wonders that dries well?

Second question: anyone have any luck starting leeks from seed? I should probably get them going soon... but am looking for any tips on how to get the best results. My last two attempts have been dismal failures.

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