When I grew up, I couldn't stand green beans, but as a kid I was really picky about veggies. I think most of the times they were Blue Lake out of the can. I had pretty much swore off green beans.
But that changed a few years ago. When I was dating my future wife, her Mom made some GB's for us that she had canned years earlier. I said, wow, what are these? She said they were half-runners; I had never heard of them back where I grew up in OK. But, they are quite popular here in this part of KY.
I liked them so much, that when we moved back to her family farm, we planted some white and striped half-runners. And, as a test, we also tried some Blue Lakes. That year, 2014, we canned over 50 qts of beans!
The HR's were good as always, but the BL's just didn't cut it for me. I don't know what it is I don't like as bout the BL's, maybe it's the thicker, more stronger tasting pod. HR's are a pole bean, and not a bush, so that might explain the different texture and taste?
BTW, we grew corn with the beans so that the beans could vine up the cornstalks. I had never seen that before, but my wife assured me that's how they've done it here.
Last year our beans and corn did miserably, prob because the plot's soil we used was too poor. We are going to try both together in a plot that used to be a former horse pasture, so I'm sure the soil should be plenty rich. We planted the corn about 10 days ago, and it's up to about 3 inches now. We'll plant the beans with it in a couple weeks. We're also going to try some Rattlesnake pole beans, sounded like they might be good.
This week we'll be getting our tomatoes that we started indoors back on March under grow lights outside to harden off before we put those in the ground. Have about 70 tomato and 20 peppers to plant soon, not looking forward to all that digging! Trying about 30 different tomato varieties this year, hope they do well.