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Beans by Any Other Name

  Bean plants before the zukes grew, produced and collapsed Our beans have begun to come in – a great blessing, in my books, because I love French green beans, those slim little things that look like they were cradle-robbed…

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Mexican bean beetle babies

It’s Mexican bean beetle time!  I love this shot of the fuzzy little yellow larvae (and pupae) taken by Derwood Demo Garden co-leader and photographer Darlene Nicholson in the garden this week: Mostly for the perfect way they’ve spaced themselves…

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What’s Eating My Beans?

Many veggie gardeners notice sizable round holes in their bean leaves in May and June but can’t see any obvious pests. The feeding pattern is much different from Mexican bean beetle, a more significant pest. Photo: J. Traunfeld, UME  Two…

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Lima Beans for Breakfast

Sauteed lima beans for breakfast I didn’t grow limas. I’ve never had luck with them, but my friend and neighbor, Amy Chance McGee, who is also one half of  Sisters by Chance caterers, does. She brought me a bagful one…

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The Semi-Last Haricots Verts

About a gallon of fresh-picked haricots verts  Just picked a gallon of haricots verts (French for skinny green beans) and yanked up the plants as I went along.  It was time.  It’s about the fourth picking off of them, the…

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Bean harvest!

Here’s a late report on this week’s Tuesday harvest at the Derwood Demo Garden.  You may recall, though I haven’t talked about it in a while, that this year’s vegetable team is working on solutions to some of our pest…

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Sweet shop for wasps?

The Red Noodle yardlong beans at the demo garden didn’t get picked this week – here’s why: If you can’t see well enough, click to enlarge; it was hard to get a good photo, but those are wasps on the…

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