Leafhoppers – Small, light green to grey insects that feed on the plant juices, causing stunted growth, and transferring viruses. No cultural control available.
Pick beans regularly to keep the plant producing (if pods get fat with seed, the plant will stop flowering). The smaller the bean, the more tender they are.
Sow seeds 2-5cm (1-2″) deep, 5-8cm (2-3″) apart, in rows 45-60cm (18-24″) apart. Thin to at least 15cm (6″) apart in each row. If the weather is too wet, beans can also be started in pots indoors and set out carefully a few weeks later. For a continuous harvest, plant at 3 week intervals.
Days to Maturity
From direct sowing.
Spider mites (two-spotted) – Wash off with water early in the day. A hard stream of water can be used to remove mites.
In optimal conditions a tleast 75% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 800 seeds. Per acre: 232M seeds.
Diseases & Pests
Aphids – A hard stream of water can be used to remove aphids from plants. Wash off with water early in the day. Check for natural enemies such as grey-brown or bloated, parasitized aphids and the presence of larvae of lady beetles and lacewings.
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Days to Maturity: Roses may bloom once in May or June and then again in fall.
Watering: Water roses weekly close to the soil and not overhead to prevent fungal diseases.
Fertilizer: When the roses are established fertilize them each spring, but the application of a well-rotted manure each spring works just as well.
Tips: Pruning is another necessary tactic to produce the best rose bushes. Pruning take place in the spring when leaf buds begin to appear. To prune, make a cut 1/4 inch above the leaf buds and remove any twig-like branches.
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Harvesting: When cutting the roses, cut when the blooms are still formed and not completely open. Be careful of any thorns.
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Before Planting: Rose seeds require stratification, or a cold and moist storage period, before they will sprout. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in a seed-planting mix in planting trays. Make sure the planting mix is moist, seal it in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for up to 10 weeks. After the stratification has passed, remove the trays and place them in a warm environment. Once the seedlings have sprouted, transplant them into individual pots.
Planting: Plant the roses outside in the spring and once they are established.
For Fresh Shell Beans, let the seeds in the pods get good and fat. You shell/remove the green beans from the pod and they are eaten fresh or cooked.
This bean certainly deserves its name with incredibly attractive deep, rich royal purple colored pods. Highly valued as a fresh snap bean, the string-less pods are 5–6 inches long and slightly curved. Hugely productive as well as highly attractive and ornamental, these bushy plants have very distinctive dark greenish-purple foliage and eye-catching lavender flowers, sending out short runners. Very easy to pick, as the clusters of dark royal purple pods stand out against the leaves.
Bred by Professor Elwyn M. Meader at the University of New Hampshire. Introduced by the Billy Hepler Seed Company in 1957. Buff-colored seeds germinate and grow well even in cool, damp soil. Delicious as a fresh snap bean in salads or a vegetable plate, the shelled beans are very substantial and meaty when cooked lightly in soup or as a side dish. Naturally resistant to the common bean mosaic virus, with the added benefit of being avoided by Mexican bean beetles.
For Dried Beans, let the pods get brown and dry on the plant. Pick them before they can split open and spread out to finish drying. Remove from dried pods and store. Dried beans are usually soaked and cooked.
For Snap Beans, wait until they are about pencil size, but harvest before the beans inside the pods become lumpy. Snap beans, are snapped, strings removed and eaten fresh or cooked.
Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The smaller beans are thought to have been cultivated in Mexico as long as 7,000 years ago, while the larger beans were cultivated in Peru starting 8,000 years ago. High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook, they have sustained mankind for millennia.
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