Green beans ready for picking?

Green beans ready for picking?

Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:57 pm

I grew blue lake bush beans and are growing quite a few beans. How do you know when they are ready to pick? Thanks!
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Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:46 pm

For green beans, pick them when they are about as big as a pencil. You want to get them when the little beans inside the pods are 1/4 inch or less in length. If you let them go longer, the pods lose their nice crisp texture. OTOH if you pick them too small, they don't have much body or flavor.

Have a great harvest!
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Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:53 pm

I agree... the thickness of a pencil is a good guide. One think I have experienced is a few beans always seem to mature much faster than the rest so I let them grow for seed for the next season!
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Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:22 am

I've always "tested" my green beans by picking one single pod and eating it right there in the garden/growing area. If it tastes good, then I go ahead and gather the others of similar size and appearance, leaving the smaller ones to grow a little more.

It's not scientific, but it *is* data-based! :D

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Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:40 pm

I call that a snack, but usually eat 2 or 3.
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Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:59 pm

Snacking in the garden is always a ton of fun! I enjoy it greatly!
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