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Beans, beetles, and community gardens

Even though this is the Year of the Bean, not all our bean experiences can be positive. In fact, I can tell you in all honesty that I am done with growing pole beans in my community garden plot. I’ve…

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Twining direction in beans: true story or myth?

In other words, I’m so confused. 🙂 I’ve read over and over that runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) twine clockwise, while most other climbing beans, in particular Phaseolus vulgaris, twine counter-clockwise. So I thought I’d do a post on that, and…

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Bean and pea update: favas and much more

We are still celebrating the Year of Beans and Peas at the Derwood Demo Garden. Peas were slow to get going due to early cold temperatures, but luckily once it got hot it didn’t stay hot, and we began harvesting…

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Jade: A mouth-watering green bean

  Jade green beans I long have had a love-hate relationship with green beans. I love green beans.  I love to pick one in our garden and munch away.  I love the flavor of a green beans cooked just right—seven…

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635 pages of treasure: the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook

I joined Seed Savers Exchange because I support their mission to conserve and promote America’s diverse food crop heritage. I do get a little discount when I order from their catalog (you can also order if you’re not a member),…

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Reviews of two bean cookbooks

Guest post by Sharon Gordon. Fagioli: The Bean Cuisine of Italy by Judith Barrett, 2004. Barrett shares the regional diversity of bean dishes eaten during her 20 years of travel in Italy.  Whether your favorites are cannellini, borlotti, chickpeas, favas,…

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Beans and peas and more

Guest post by Sharon Gordon. Every year the people at Grow It Eat It select a statewide gardening theme.  This year’s theme is Beans and Peas and More.   I encourage  gardeners to try growing some new varieties of beans.  Consider…

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