Monday July 1st 2019Tim
landslide for the Bean Beetle, and I've written a sharp
note to the non-beneficial insect picker, suggesting he
might not be as highly trained or as competent as he
thinks he is. It's that whole Dunning-Kruger effect,
we're all subject to it of course, but he's well past
his prime, he's reached the dodder phase of his earthly
passage, and definitely time to follow the Lead Bull
into the night return again to an entirely different
occupation. And the thing about the spawn of Bean
Beetle, it's not just Beans they are partial to, they
like the Clambering Squash, particularly Spaghetti
Squash and things like Mellon, and Bean Beetle are
perfectly capable of producing three generations a year.
So, short of actually giving up on growing Beans for a
couple of years, what to do?
One solution is to
pull the Beans early and incinerate them. Does seem mean
on the Beans, it's not their fault, it's not as though
they can escape the peril, they just grow peacefully,
badly harassed now and then by a Bean Picker.
Either way, and I don't know how many times in years
past I have considered this, could be that a Determinate
Bush Bean is the solution. With a Determinate Bean you
pick once around end of June, leave them be a couple of
days, pull them out and as you do so get the last of the
Beans. By first week of July the Beans are all gone from
the garden. So they're not the wondrous Blue Lake Bush
Bean which can go on producing until well into August.
Oh sure, the hotter it gets the later into the year you
go with Blue Lake Bush, the Beans get gnarled and ill
tempered, and those are the Beans you Pressure Can.