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How often to pick beans?

Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 11, 09 at 18:13

I am just amazed at how fast new snap beans show up..I am picking a bucketful every few days. I only planted 15 plants...and they are producing like mad.

I have had several meals of them and filled 2 one gallon zip locks.

How long will they put out like this? Do I need to get some canning/preserving ideas & supplies?

I'm not complaining, it's about time something I planted actually produced well...last year my beans did not do so well at all. so I"m happy, we love green beans :)

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RE: How often to pick beans?

Easiest is to blanch 3 mins. and freeze them. Instructions below.

Canning them requires investment in a pressure canner. Lots of discussions on how to do both over on the Harvest forum.


Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP - Freeze Green Beans

RE: How often to pick beans?

"How often to pick beans?" Well, it depends on how tender or how meaty you like them. Every two days for the more tender beans and every four or 5 days for large meaty ones.

With 15 beans you may not need preserving supplies. Still, there is plenty of time to plant another planting or two ..or three poroviding you have the room and temps are not severe. I have even replanted where the first planting is after the quality and quantity drops badly.

RE: How often to pick beans?

  • Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 11, 09 at 19:29

Even with my 15 or so plants, picking a gallon zip lock every 2 or 3 days will give me more beans than I can keep in my fridge. So I guess my question should have been (in addition) how long will they produce like this generally speaking under good conditions etc.

I will freeze them, that sounds most reasonable. Cant eat beans every day ;)

RE: How often to pick beans?

I hope my beans do that well! They're still just a few inches tall here in 6b. Last year I tried canning, and it was successful (ate green salsa in March!) but time consuming. Freezing isn't so great for me b/c my freezer is tiny, so this year I'm looking into getting a dehydrator.
I read about it in Eliot Coleman's book, seems like a great idea - takes up less space, and seems pretty easy. So that's another idea.

RE: How often to pick beans?

How many pickings you get from your bush beans depends on the variety, the weather, and the general vigor of the plants.

In my experience, each flush of beans lasts about 7-14 days. Then the plants either die off, believing that their job of producing seed is done, if they are a commercial variety, or put on some new growth and produce a second, or even third, flush of beans.

One of the reasons I choose to grow only purple and yellow beans is that if you let a bean "get away" so that it ends up in the shell stage or beyond that plant will "know" that its job is done and the plant will die. So I grow the kind that are easier to see. :-)

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