Creating a Life of Plenty

Haricot verts anyone?

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When we were planning the garden, one spot of the plot gave us a little trouble, what to do along the fence row in the back of the garden. The fencing back there is not the most attractive (yet) and it gets sun throughout the day (particularly in the afternoon and evening).
What we decided on what green beans. They would trellis well, reach for the sun and provide a little camouflage for the unattractive fence.
The question then became what kind of beans would we grow? There are a lot of varieties out there. The staple of a bushel bean, yellow wax beans, etc. Then on a recent visit to the Franklin Park Conservatory, we came across small seedling plants for Maxibel Green Beans.
Maxibel Green Beans were the first French Filet green bean to hit the commercial market for home growing. They are also the first full-size filet bean that is completely stringless. Dark green 7 to 7-1/2 inch pencil-slim pods are very firm textured and full of flavor. Unbelievably productive with the pods produced in a concentrated set for easy picking.
Beans are easy to grow as long as you remember a few things; abundant sun, warm soil and ample moisture. The warm soil thing I figured out by trial and error, early this year, I planted bean seeds only to have them rot in the ground because the soil was too cold. Mid to late May is the best time to start seeds or plant seedlings. The ample moisture and sun are no issue as well in the garden so I am excited to see how the plants produce.
Gardening is not only rewarding on a nutritional level, it is also nourishment for the “soul”; however you figure it. Reconnecting with the earth, helping wholesome things grow and providing your body with high quality food is basic and innate for people. A little more connection with that in our modern lives would help a great deal to abate our stress, thin our waists and heal our planet.

Happy Gardening!

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