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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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Post  countrynaturals on 12/18/2019, 12:15 pm

HELP! They were only about half finished when the rain started, so I left them out. I've been harvesting a little at a time as they dry out during our few short breaks in the weather. I was shucking some this morning and noticed that a few of them were slightly discolored -- like dried mildew, and others were slightly shriveled -- as if they had gotten wet, then dried out. Should I destroy the rest of this harvest or are these beans okay to use? This is way too much work if they aren't any good. Sad
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/21/2019, 11:43 pm

I mean that’s your call as to destroy all the beans.  Limas are very resilient.  Keep us posted!??
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/21/2019, 11:56 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I mean that’s your call as to destroy all the beans.  Limas are very resilient.  Keep us posted!??
It looks like we're finally gonna get a break in the weather after Christmas, so I'll check on what's left and see how they look. I will definitely post here when I decide what to do. idk
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