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Contender Bean

GARDEN BEANS-Contender

Early Bush Bean

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Early, dependable variety for cool, short season climates. Pods are medium green and 6 inches long at maturity. Great right out of the garden fresh or cooked, can also be frozen or canned. Approximately 51 days to maturity.

Special Directions for Short Season Climates

SOWING: Plant outdoors in May through June after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 2 to 3 inches apart covering seeds with 1 to 1 1/2 inches of fine soil. Firm soil over seed.

SPACING: Leave approximately 2 feet between rows or plant in wide rows sowing seeds 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions.

THINNING: When plants are 3 to 4 inches tall thin to 4 to 6 inches apart.

GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.

Ed's Special Advice

Beans grow best in a sunny location, where the soil is warm, loamy and lightly fertilized. Cultivate shallow and frequently until flowers appear. Avoid disturbing plants after that time, as it could cause the blossoms to fall off. For continued harvest sow bush beans every two weeks until two months before first frost in fall. Water deeply by soaking soil.

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