I've been trying to grow green beans for the last two summers. In 2011, the spider mites and the heat did them in. In 2012. the spider mites and the heat did them in. Seeing a pattern?
On a recommended planting schedule for our area, I read a note to do a second planting of green beans in mid July. Really? Mid-July? When it is almost always near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees in 2012), and can be dry unless we get a thunderstorm (very dry in 2012.) I had more seed so I gave it a try. I have watered this area everyday since putting in the seeds. Look at the beautiful green bean plants.
A hot spell caused some burn on the earlier leaves, but all have been good lately.
No blooms yet, so no green beans yet; but also no spider mites yet. I'm optimistic about a green bean crop. If this works, I'll just wait to plant green beans in July and forget about the "first sowing" in the spring.
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