- Kentucky Wonder Pole Snap Bean
Kentucky Wonder Pole Snap Bean
Favorite heirloom pole bean for over a century because of its rich bean flavor. Good for canning and freezing as well as fresh. Best picked when quite young, when they are stringless. Keep picking to keep them producing--if some have gotten big and tough, pick them immediately to keep the vines producing, even if you just compost them. (or shell them out and cook as shelly beans). I like to grow these on poles that slant over a bed of lettuce. If the beans are on the south or west side and the lettuce is on the north or east, they each get the sun or shade they want during hot summer weather. Also, the beans are easier to find and pick than if they are on a vertical trellis--if the trellis slants a bit, the beans hang straight down, clear of the foliage. This is also a great summer use for a hoophouse frame. Take the cover off (plastic will last longer without summer's UV rays) and plant pole beans to grow on the hoops. Lettuce can grow underneath.