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PBN Bean Bush 'Blue Lake'

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PBN Bean Bush 'Blue Lake' 

55 days from direct-sowing.

This is the bush bean by which all others are judged, a classic favorite for many years among gardeners across the U.S. The secret? --Huge yields, great taste, and reliability. Blue Lake 274 matures its big crop all at once, so if you want to can or freeze any of your beans (and with yields like these, who doesn't?), you can do it in one big batch, assuring you of the freshest-tasting beans you'll ever love!

Blue Lake 274 sets pods of dark green, about 5½ inches long, very straight and plump, with tender white seeds. It's the flavor and texture of these beans that have earned them their great reputation because although Blue Lake 274 is a bush bean, it has the rich beany taste and satisfying consistency of a pole bean.

The pods arise profusely on space-saving 16-inch plants and hold well. Blue Lake 274 is famously well-adapted, a good choice for gardeners in any region and a reliable favorite, season after season, no matter what the weather chooses to do!

Easy and trouble-free, even for the new gardener, beans are best direct-sown into the warm spring soil. For a bigger harvest, sow a fresh batch of seed every 2 or 3 weeks all spring and into the first weeks of summer. You can also sow in late summer and early fall (up to about a month before the first frost) for a fall harvest.

Like all legumes, Blue Lake 274 is a nitrogen-fixer in the soil. After the final harvest is in, chop up the plant and work it back into the soil. You will be delighted with what it does for the quality of your soil next season!

  • Heirloom
  • Harvest Time: 55 days
  • Planting Depth:  1”
  • Plant Spacing: 4”
  • Row Spacing: 24”

Harvest before pods are full sized and when seeds are tender and about one-fourth developed. Harvesting usually begins 2 to 3 weeks after first bloom. Don’t allow beans to mature on plants or bean production will decrease.