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soil wrote:[gophers] do loosen up my real hard clay soil though, i plant in the pockets of soil they pop up to cover the holes they make as its real loose and well drained.
Heh. [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=219439#219439]Here's one of those little pockets[/url].
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yea they do that to my vines too sometimes, hopefully its not near the main stem and out on the vine tips.
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I'm sure glade we don't have gophers and squirrels. Little bleeps!

Asian pear - Shinseiki. I remember when Asian pears were sold individually wrapped and more then a $1.00 each. My basket would be a pot of gold! :P

Shinseiki are sweet, juicy and have a touch of butterscotch. I just read that down south they ripen in July. :)

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garden5 wrote:Yet another great harvest, Eric :).

Do you shell all of your beans, or do you cook some in the pods like green beans?
Garden5,

Most years I grow Scarlet Emperor runner beans. These I eat when small, young and tender. At the end of the summer I let the rest go. They can be eaten as fresh shelled beans or dried - stored. Always keep some as seed for the next planting.

It's been a few years sense growing any traditional green- snap beans.

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Nice Asian pear harvest! They're my wife's favorite fruit. I have a 4-in-1 of those too 8) Just planted it this Spring, so no Asian pears for us 'til maybe year after next.
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Etna Beans,

Harvested Sept. 23 2011

Need to finish cleaning and dry.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Double%20Dog%20Farm%20produce/Etnabeans008.jpg[/img]
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I will weigh them tomorrow and again after they have dried.

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Adding the few beans I harvested earlier to the total, I'll call it 8 pounds.
Next step is to properly cure them.
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Eric, do you shell them by hand, or do you use one of these:https://www.peasheller.com/ ?
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Garden5,

Yes by hand. The"Little Sheller" looks like a good device. I'm not ready to shell out :wink: $440.00.

Now if I'm doing the math correctly, 1/2 pound becomes 8 pounds, then 8 pounds becomes 128 pounds. :shock: Then I might want the Little Sheller. 8)

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nice bean harvest, i just helped a friend thresh and winnow 100 lbs of beans.

we layed everything on a big tarp, danced on them beans with some music to release them, then just winnowed them with the wind by throwing the stuff in the air, chaff goes to one end, beans go straight down.
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soil,

100lbs, Nice! This makes my 8lbs look puny.

Now I have questions.
What variety.
How many pounds planted.
How many square feet did these plants cover.
Pods per plant.
Beans per pod.
What's for dinner. :lol:

Next spring I want to plant larger blocks of beans, flour corn and potatoes.

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ok since i didnt grow them i cant answer all of them. but here goes.

Now I have questions.
What variety. there was 4 varieties, tigers eye, calypso, pinto, and one i cant remember, it was bright green
How many pounds planted. not sure i didnt plant them
How many square feet did these plants cover. not sure on square feet, but i think he said three 80ft rows, and each row had plants planted 3 wide in it, that is I THINK that's what he said
Pods per plant.no clue before i got there, everything was cut and left to dry for a week or so, so all i saw was big piles of dried plants and bean pods
Beans per pod.from what i remember, about 5-8
What's for dinner.
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Those are some mighty fine beans. 8 pounds certainly impresses me, let alone 100! :shock: Where did you get those Etnas from?

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Etna beans, $6.95 1/2 pound
https://www.territorialseed.com/product/516/184

Pasta con i fagioli
This sound like a good dish, must try.

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i just weighed the beans i grew this year. from 8 plants i got 1.3 lbs. they were Cherokee trail of tears black beans.

here is a good review on them with the history of the bean.
https://www.epinions.com/review/Bean_Cherokee_Trail_epi/content_464629632644
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