Harvesting: Kentucky Wonder Green Beans

Friday, August 21, 2020

Harvesting Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans

Hell hath no fury like a happy bean plant?
Our first harvest of green beans, one of many. We will be buried in beans. I think I have ~15 or so of this variety growing?

Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean

I've been watching these Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Beans (from MIgardener) come in for awhile now. We've been watching the plants through the blog, slowly overtaking the livestock panel trellis, and here we are!

Vegetable Garden
August 16, 2020

It's best to pick them before they get too "blobular" (technical term, I know). The older and more pronounced the bean seeds are, the more likely they are to have strings. And it turns out that bean strings greatly impact the eating experience. In the top photo, I've split out the blobular ones into the white bowl for eating fresh (just remember to remove the strings!)

Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean
August 14, 2020

Many of the beans will likely turn into dilly beans, or frozen, or steamed, or eaten fresh in the shade of a snazzy bean tunnel!

The Bean Trellis
August 16, 2020

I've spotted a few grasshoppers on the plants, but they don't seem to be doing any damage. We had an early onslaught of Japanese beetles, but hand-picking on a regular basis, and plopping into a bowl of soapy water seems to have done the job. Nothing but happy, healthy bean plants!

Stay tuned for whether my 4 varieties of bush beans come in...

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