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Location: maine

Sheila, gardening on the zone 4b/5a line.

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Location: N. Nevada

One word, Pole! Didn't do to good this year with them, but all else is OK. Take the good with the bad.

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Location: TN. 50 years of gardening experience.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both pole and bush beans.

I still like bush beans best.
Easy to plant.
Easy to take care of.
Produces about 2 times more beans than pole beans.
Easy to remove and replant second crop in Aug.
Easy to remove to compost.

Pole beans are more work putting up the poles.
Taking down and cleaning the poles is more work.
Storing the poles for the winter is extra work.
Harder to till and keep weeded.
Easy on the old back not much bending over to pick beans.

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