Tipper sent me two varieties...the heirloom Snap Bush Bean Strike and Margaret Best Greasy Cut Short Pole Beans...
By June 30th, this is what had begun to grow.
Two weeks later, the Greasy Cut were still small and yellowish, while the Strike beans continued to grow (though they not very tall)...
You can see the Greasy Cut beans better in this picture, comparing them to the Strike in the front, it is clear they are not prospering.
A week later, on July 21st, the Strike beans were growing! Unfortunately, no flower buds and still not much growth with the Greasy Cut variety.
This photo shows the hole row of beans, again with the Strike growing taller, Greasy Cut struggling in the back of the row.
Today, only 2 days later, there are Strike beans to harvest!
And what delicious Strike beans they are! This is the first harvest (displayed on our primitive end table click on this link to read more about that)...beautiful, aren't they? And so many more to harvest...
I will continue to talk sweetly to each of them, but I'm afraid the Margaret Best Greasy Cut Short Pole Beans may not have what it takes to continue as one of Sow True Seeds varieties. If planting by the moon is having any effect here, it would be on the Greasy Cut beans...unless the Strike beans should be much taller! I am enjoying participating in this project and let you know any further developments. By the way, we don't use any pesticides or fertilizer beyond the horse manure we treated the soil with.
Quick update on the mushrooms we harvested yesterday...BLECH!!! The giant polypore was tough like rubber and the Fish Milky was bitter and did not live up to Mountain Man's previous experience with it...even he didn't like them (it takes a pretty yucky tasting mushroom for that to happen). We are planning on eating the lobster mushroom tonight (yes we went to collect more and yes I wore my jeans) and we are going to grill them...looking forward to trying that.
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Lise (sounds like lease)