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Post  countrynaturals on 10/5/2019, 10:05 am

Hints, ideas, favorite varieties?

I planted bush Limas in 2017 and fell in love, but I didn't get enough to satisfy. This year I tried blackeyed limas and completely lost control. They smothered my kale, took over my cukes, and climbed 10' up an oak tree. Rolling Eyes 

Yesterday, I harvested my first batch, and realized I have a lot to learn, so I came here looking, didn't find much, and decided to start this thread. Do we have some experts among us to shed pearls of wisdom or should we learn together? Hmm? thinking
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/5/2019, 1:34 pm

After going over my notes from 2017 and my experience this year, I realized that Lima Beans are not suitable for SFG. I can't even find them mentioned in either one of Mel's  books. Depending on the variety, they may not take up any more space than other beans, but I've been harvesting asparagus beans for over a month, and I'm just now started to pick the limas. Sad That said, I still love them and I'll find room for them -- somewhere -- every year. sunny
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Post  sanderson on 10/10/2019, 4:40 am

I have never tried Lima beans. If I had a garden like Yolos', I would probably try them. The black-eyed peas grew well but red spider mites got them in the heat. In fact, red spider mites and black aphids were a big problem this summer.

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