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Rattlesnake Snap Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

A couple of years ago I tried a new variety of pole beans for my container garden.  These rattlesnake beans had an unusual name but they grew amazingly well. I purchase my rattlesnake bean seeds at Terra Edibles.  I’m lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive away from this store in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada but you can order online if you aren’t close by.  They carry a huge selection of veggies and flower seeds.  Rattlesnake bean seeds are light brown with brown markings. This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple
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Purple Hyacinth Beans

Categories: Plants, Seeds, and Vegetables.

Purple hyacinth beans or lablab purpureus. This is an ornamental, annual vine that I grow for the lovely flowers and coloured beans. Plants like full sun and will grow well on a south facing wall.  Soil should have good drainage. The interesting little seeds made me think of a mouth on a head with no eyes.  Plant seeds outside after all chance of frost has passed.  Or start inside about 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside.  Seeds will germinate in 10 to 15 days. About 7 days later the seeds were sprouting. And a few more days after that the
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How Do Bottomless Pots Work?

Categories: Garden Projects and Vegetables.

How do you grow plants in the garden where the soil is so compacted or rocky that it is hard to grow anything there? I tried using bottomless pots like mini raised gardens which allowed me to fill the pot with good soil but gives the plants the opportunity to put the roots down as far as they want. And I didn’t have to dig the hard, compacted soil. Growing in smaller pots makes the plant root bound, but in a bottomless pot the roots can grow down and down and down.  And I’m making use of all those big, black plastic pots that
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B for Bee Balm

Categories: Plants.

If you want a sweet smelling plant that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden you should have some bee balm.  These plants thrive in the sun and will happily spread fairly quickly to give you a lovely display in either pink, red or white.
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It’s “Bean” a Lilac Bush …

Categories: Vegetables and Whimsy.

… and now it’s a bottle tree bean support!   One of the lilac bushes didn’t survive the winter and even though I talked nicely to it, trimmed off some broken bits it still didn’t give off any buds.  So a couple of weeks ago I decided to trim it right back and try to use the trunk and branches for something else.  I’ve seen bottle trees at various sites on the internet so wondered if it could be converted into one of those.  But then I needed to find a place for the pole beans to climb up …
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Up the Pole

Categories: Seeds and Vegetables.

Pole beans are great for growing in small spaces as they train really well to grow up a pole or trellis. The seeds were planted May 11. By May 20 they were sprouting out of the ground. Two little leaves appeared a day or so later. And then they started to grow… …and grow. The beans were planted in an old washing machine tub in 2012.  It is lovely and big for root development and there are lots of drainage holes. They are reaching and twisting and curling up the poles. It wasn’t long before the top was reached and
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Bleeding Hearts for B

Categories: Plants.

Bleeding hearts or Dicentra are wonderful shade loving plants that grow really well in my north facing shady garden.  Another name for this plant is Lady’s Locket, and it is easy to see how it got that name from looking at the individual blooms. This plant prefers cool, moist conditions.  The plant starts out on the small side but can get to almost 60 cm. high and wide.  Above are the shoots just coming up after the winter. The plant seems to almost grow overnight and soon the buds are appearing.  The bleeding heart is a deer resistant plant.  The
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Scarlet Runner Beans

Categories: Seeds and Vegetables.

S is for Scarlet runner beans. The scarlet runner beans, Phaseolus coccineus, are a vigorous vine that grows really well up a trellis or a teepee of bamboo poles.  Each vine will grow upwards of 2 meters.  These are popular beans to grow in Britain. A favourite memory of my late uncle (who lived in England)  is going to his house to visit when our girls were young and going out to pick his beans.  He gave me lots of seeds to bring back to Canada and I grew my beans from his seeds.  As I’m a seed saver perhaps some
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