On this week’s episode, Greg and Travis talk about growing butterbeans, bush beans and pole beans in a vegetable garden. Travis mentions that he prefers to grow bush beans on a double row system with drip tape in the middle. This enables him to grow twice the amount of beans in the same amount of space that one row of beans would normally occupy. He references a YouTube video where he demonstrates this procedure. They talk about the different varieties of beans they’ve tried growing in the past including Blue Lake, Momentum, Kentucky Wonder and Provider. Of these varieties, Blue Lake seems to be the most popular variety for bush beans. Greg mentions that he prefers growing pole beans due to the ease of harvesting. For pole beans, he prefers the Kentucky Wonder variety. The guys also talk about growing climbing varieties of butterbeans. Greg is currently growing an heirloom variety that makes a darker bean, and they’ve both had great success with the Christmas Lima variety in past years.
On the Show & Tell segment this week, the guys talk about the figs that they’ve been harvesting. The most popular variety is the Brown Turkey fig and that’s what most people have planted in their backyard. However, there are some improved varieties that have been developed through research at Louisiana State University. Greg recently planted some of these varieties and is excited to see how they do.
On the Q&A segment, they answer questions about growing onions and how to remove drip tape. They mention that onions require heavy amounts of water and fertilizer. It is important that both of those are provided frequently during the early life of the onion plant as this will result in a larger bulb later. For removing drip tape, they suggest that it can be easily pulled up for almost every crop in the garden — the exception being corn. For corn, they recommend cutting the stalks with a machete and succession planting a crop that provides a heavy ground cover like sweet potatoes, winter squash or pumpkins. This will allow you to reuse the drip tape without removing it.