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Re: Pole Beans Versus Bush Beans

Since I've attained 'Geezerhood', obviously I'm now a big fan of pole beans. We grow the Blue Lake variety and, yes, they are prolific. Growing pole beans gives the old back a rest. Couldn't tolerate the bending involved with the bush beans.

Did have luck with the 'Blue lake' bush variety (which is why we chose the Blue lake pole beans). Both Blue lake, and Tendercrop, bush varieties grew well here in Ohio. I used to get a double crop by mowing the bush beans off (mower blade set high). Once they had come back, we had more beans. Pole beans do simplify things since, if you keep them picked, they keep producing.

Doubt if this helps - but, if you are able to grow pole beans, would you need the bush varieties??

Good Luck!!