When to or not to pull beans

wantonamara Z8 CenTexAugust 15, 2010

I have summer cow peas of various types in my SMALL garden in a Central Texas garden. They have slowed down because of the heat but I see flowers still. I am looking to plant a fall vegetables. Do you think I will get another blush of beans or should I pull them and plant more snap beans instead. They seem to make beans but the beans are not getting bigger and stay in a juvenile state. My vining rattlesnake beans , half runners are also doing the same thing. Their vines are growing fine and flowering, but the beans are slow to develop in the heat (103 today). Space is of the essence in this garden and I am still not sure when is a good time to pull plants. It is about time to plant string beans for fall so I know if I am going to act now is the time. I pulled some tomatoes and replanted last year and the ones that I kept from spring planting did better than the ones that I planted and the ones that I trimmed up. So I am wondering if these green beans will put on another flush when the cooler weather comes, or should I give up on them.? what are your thoughts??? I did pull my squash due to Borers and planted new hills. Cukes have been planted. too.

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I have the same problem. I think I will pull some and leave some, as most are still blooming and the tiny beans do size up.

I read somewhere that, counting from the first bean harvest, beans in general may be harvested over a period of six weeks. So, if you are approaching the end of the six-week harvesting period, it may be time to pull those plants as they will not produce much from this point onward.

In any case, bean quality decreases after a while, so even if you would get more beans, they would probably not be as good as your first harvest. I guess the question is just how much of your fall crops you would be willing to sacrifice for a little bit of older beans.

Depending on what you want to plant in their stead, you may also want to try interplanting the beans and then later just cutting them to the ground instead of pulling them. That way, you can keep harvesting your beans but you can also get started on some fall veggies. Spinach and lettuce would be good candidates for this. By the time they need the sunlight, the beans will be out of the picture. You can pull half of them (in a checkered pattern) and leave the rest to make room for fall crops. By the time the fall crops size up and need the extra room, you will have cleared the rest of your beans.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 2:31PM
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If time and space are important in planting new plants I would pull the ones that are past their prime. They may still produce some peas but not at the rate new plants will.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 2:48PM
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