Picking Beans - Knowledgebase Question

Chatham, ON
Question by arnold09
April 16, 1998
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?


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 1998

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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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