Bountiful Beans

By Susan Littlefield

If you like to be up to the minute with your garden news, you'll be glad to learn that All-America Selections has just announced the first of its award winners for 2014! Vegetable Award Winner 'Mascotte' is a compact variety that will be welcomed by gardeners short on space or who grow veggies in containers. So whether you garden in the ground, in a pot on your deck, or even in a window box, you can enjoy a tasty harvest of long, crisp, slender pods that are held above the leaves for easy picking. 'Mascotte' shows high resistance to several troublesome bean diseases. Add to this its showy white flowers and you have a variety that will make an excellent addition to an edible landscape.

Like all bush beans, 'Mascotte' needs full sun and warm soil and weather. Plant seeds 2-3 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart. Pick beans regularly and the harvest will go on for weeks. Sow seeds every two weeks until midsummer for a continued harvest. 'Mascotte' matures in just 50 days, so in many parts of the country gardeners will still be get in one more planting this season that will mature before frost.

For more about 'Mascotte' bush beans and other AAS winners, go to AAS.

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