Pole vs Bush Beans

This year has included many gardening firsts at Oslicken Acres.  One of those firsts included the planting of pole beans.  In the past Andrew and I have planted both green and yellow bush beans.  These have typically grown well and provided us with lots of tasty beans — some years so many beans that we’ve blanched and frozen beans to enjoy over the winter.

This years we planted both bush and pole beans.  Andrew built two vertical gardening trellis as part of our square foot gardens which have worked really well.  I loved watching the pole beans grow and slowly inch up the trellis.  Ascetically pole beans are a beautiful plant. They are delicate climbers and the small flowers they grow are lovely.

The bush beans in our garden were ready a couple of weeks ago and we’re just starting to enjoy the first tastes of pole beans.  The timing worked out great.  We’ve had lots of produce but not so much that any of it is going to waste.  I have future plans for a tree sisters vertical garden – which will include pole beans.  Andrew and I have also talked about other decorative trellises or arches covered in climbing veggies.  Never ending construction projects for Andrew — or maybe just a trip to a garden centre.