GARDEN BEANS Rattlesnake (Snap Pole)
This vigorous pole bean has large dark green pods with purple streaks. Also known as preacher bean, it is reminiscent of the Cascade & Oregon giant type pole beans. It has good flavor and drought resistance. Pick when 6 to 7 inch-es long for best eating. Beans can also be allowed to fully mature for dry use. Approximately 75 days to maturity.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant outdoors in late spring after weather has warmed and all dan-ger of frost has passed. Plant 4 to 6 seeds per pole in hills. Plant seeds on their side covering seed with 1 to 1 1/2 inches of fine soil firmed down.
SPACING: Provide 2 1/2 to 3 feet between hills. When planted in rows space rows 3 feet apart.
THINNING: Thin to 3 strongest plants per pole in hills, when they are about 4 inches tall. Thin to 4 to 6 inches apart in rows.
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 sunny location, where the soil is warm, loamy and lightly fer-tilized. Cultivate shallow and frequently until flowers appear Avoid disturbing plants after that time, as it could cause the blossoms to fall off Support with poles, trellis, string or fence. Water deeply by soaking soil. Pick when young for best fla-vor and texture.