After a total disaster this spring with planting in this bed, I decided to grow a quick crop of bush beans before I plant broccoli and cabbage seedlings in this bed – which will be covered with hoops & plastic this winter. I figured that the added nitrogen would be good for the soil and I was looking forward to yellow wax beans. Didn’t work out that way.
Well, one end of the bed – actually about 2/3 of the bed, the beans did not do well. At this end, they were the most stunted, a bit less stunted in the middle of the 16 foot bed, and awesome (normal) at the other end of the bed. Use the clay pot to show scale. These beans are sorry looking and many of them are turning yellow and dying before any buds appear. Others have buds, but won’t be able to produce many – if any – bean pods. So scrawny – so sad. What a waste of good seed – Dow cost me more money and won’t take responsibility. ( Now, all my reply emails to their rep go unanswered. They just don’t care. Dow Agriscience wants your $$$$$$$$ and screw the home gardener!) Unfortunately, most of my bean seeds went into this end of the garden.
This bean plant is what they should look like. See those giant (normal sized) leaves? And all those buds? For some reason this end of this 16′ x 4′ raised bed is normal. Something in the other end is causing stunted beans. I fear it is still Dow’s widespread poison. Beans are a test crop to see if that poison is in your compost. Well, thanks Dow, you, like Monsanto, like to do evil things to gardens and seeds and heirloom crops. Maybe by next spring your poison will be degraded enough that I can grow something in my garden.
(The piece of rebar below the clay pot is what I put my pvc conduit hoops onto to secure them so I can put plastic over the hoops – making my winter hoop garden beds. I actually use 10′ sections of gray plastic electrical conduit of 1/2″ diameter, I think. One end is enlarged, both ends fit well over 3/8″ rebar. 1/2″ rebar is too thick. I bend the 10′ section over the 4′ wide bed. It works out perfectly, leaving about 3′ internal height for the inside top center of the bed. I bought 16′ sections of rebar and had my sons cut them into 2′ sections – pounding 12″ into the ground and leaving the other 12″ above ground to slip the conduit over).
Yeah – this is what a bush bean should look like. Look at all those blooms – I have already harvested a few yellow wax beans. I hope I can get enough for a decent serving. This may be difficult though, since most of my beans were planted in the poor section of the garden.
I finally purchased a gallon jug of Garrett Juice, a foliar feed. I sprayed all of these plants with it, adding some neem oil in it to help as insecticide. I think it has helped – but couldn’t counter the effects of Dow’s poison on the smaller beans. I could have mixed some up myself, but I can’t be confident in the animal manure compost component of the ingredients, so I purchased a jug.