Common name for unripe beans, especially *Phaseolus vulgaris*.

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Why are my French Cobra bean flowers not being pollinated?

I have French Cobra bean which I heard is supposed to self pollinate. In the mean time all the flowers just dry out and fall off leaving a small stem behind. It's the first time I grow beans and I ...
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Can I plant peas, green beans and lettuce this early?

The weather this year has been exceptionally mild here in northern Illinois, and I am thinking of planting my peas, green beans and lettuce in the next couple weeks. This is probably a full four weeks ...
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How do I get tender green beans?

We have successfully grown a nice crop of green beans this year, but in contrast to store-bought beans the skin is quite tough. Is there a trick to cultivating more tender beans? Or is it a matter of ...
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Harvesting beans to prolong cropping - but how thorough do I need to be?

It is said that if you let your runner/french beans reach full maturity, the plant stops producing. So I harvest my beans (even if only to throw/give them away) regularly to prolong cropping. How ...
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French beans (Green beans): Dwarf v. Climbing

French beans (or "green beans") are widely sold in both dwarf (bush) and climbing (pole) varieties. If anything, my experience is that the climbing varieties are harder to find in seed outlets. Apart ...
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What is the best method for trellising green beans?

I have 6 rows of green beans that have now grown to about 12" in height and I want to give them something to climb. What is the best method of trellising them? I was thinking about grabbing some ...