The Q&A Archives: Picking Beans

Question: When picking bush beans, should you pick every bean off the plants or pick only the ready beans, and a couple of days later, go over the plants again?

Answer: If you don't mind visiting the garden every few days, go ahead and pick the mature beans, and let the small ones grow larger. There's no harm in picking the small ones -- you just get a smaller crop. Bush beans tend to mature over a shorter period than pole beans, so if you want to pick beans over a longer period, consider planting a few pole bean plants.

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