Blue Lake beans


I have grown several types of beans in my vegetable garden from 2014 through 2018.

Blue Lake pole beans were by far the best producers, starting slowly late August and increasing  to up to 2-3 gallons twice a week by October till first freeze on just 1 trellis, more than enough to do some canning and freezing of the abundant harvest.

In contrast, I have had very little success with bush beans, even though I grew them in similar conditions as the pole beans. For some reason, they just don't seem to thrive here. 

Beans do seem to have some trouble getting started here in the desert. They come up OK, but the seedlings get assaulted by birds, jackrabbits and harvester ants. I have been forced to start my bean plants in pots indoors, to avoid that the fresh shoots get destroyed. Apparently, the bean plants are not as sweet when they get a bit bigger and are left alone after they start branching.  Planted them out at about 6-8 weeks old to fill in the gaps left by the murdered beans seemed to work well enough.


This is what you need:

  • blue lake pole bean seeds
  • garden
  • trellis / poles
Pic1: blue lake pole beans



Pic2: 2017-05-29
Pic3: 2017-06-02
Pic4: 2017-07-21


Pic5: trellis made from 4-ft. x 8-ft. hog fence panels   2017-10-21
Pic6: beans hanging down from the roof  2017-10-21
Pic7: harvest 2017-10-30


Pic8: steaming or blanching beans  2017-11-09
Pic9: vacuum-packed for freezer
Pic10: canned beans