It is time to start thinking about which bean varieties you want to grow in your garden. Sowing time is after the average last spring frost. Beans are one of those vegetables that are easy and fun to grow. The largest selection of beans are bush types which produce their entire crop over a period of a couple of weeks – sow bush beans every two to three weeks in order to keep a steady supply on the table! Even though needing support, pole beans produce continually until the first fall frost. Beans can be frozen for later use. Our friends at Botanical Interests offer many of only the best bean varieties for your garden. The owners would like to share three of their favorites with you!

Bean Bush Jade: This 60-day bean has been a favorite since first introduced for its consistent long, straight, stringless pods that are tender and sweet with a beautiful, very dark green color. Upright, bushy plants hold the pods high so they don’t curl or have tip rot. In addition to being very productive, plants have good disease resistance to common bean mosaic viruses and are tolerant to rust.

Bean Bush Contender: This 50-day bean was recommended by a garden center customer when he was servicing a display. After testing them, Botanical Interests was sold! The flavor is excellent either cooked or eaten raw, and the plants tolerate heat and mildew better than other varieties (most beans won’t produce over 90ºF).

Bean Pole Yard Long Orient Wonder: This 80 day bean is known in the Orient as “dau gok”.Orient Wonder is a delicious and beautiful dark green pole bean. Seeds are slow to develop, so pods stay smooth and slender. Orient Wonder is of sub-tropical origin, but is better suited than other varieties for gardens in the U.S. It’s easy to grow, and almost indestructible. Beans are best harvested 12″ to 18″ long, even though they can grow as long as 30″.

Water Your Way to Happy Plants

Proper watering of the plants in your containers is crucial to having them perform their best. Once you get a little bit of experience, understanding when and how much to water becomes almost second nature. The most common cause of early plant death smaller and temps are lower, you may only have to water every 3-4 days. As the days heat up and the plants get larger, you may have to water every day. Windy days also cause the pots to dry out more quickly, especially hanging baskets. If you want to water less often, use larger pots. Larger pots hold more soil volume. More soil volume means more water held in the pot.

Planting an Herb Garden

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Summer is coming and that means outdoor fun, grilling and delicious salads. All the more reason to get your herb garden started today! Growing herbs is an easy, money-saving hobby that also happens to be good for your health. Whatever you’re cooking up at your cookout can be even tastier with your own fresh, homegrown herbs – so let’s get started!

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June Flower of the Month – Rose

What’s in a Name: some say the genus name of Rosa is derived from the Celtic rhos or rhod (meaning red) others from a Roman beauty named Rhodanthe History: The most popular story of the rose’s origin centers around a beautiful Roman woman named Rhodanthe, who traveled to the Temple of Diana, seeking refuge from persistent suitors. The suitors broke down the temple gates, infuriating Diana so much that she turned the suitors into thorns and Rhodanthe into a beautiful flower – the Rose. Symbolism: All roses are said to symbolize love and appreciation, but each color has specific meaning as well; such as white for purity and yellow for true friendship. Did You Know? • Roses are considered a good luck gift for women • Rosebuds symbolize beauty and youth. • Medieval gardens had roses for both medicine & food • Rose hips – apple-like structures that form after flowering – are high in vitamin C • Roses are in the same family as apples