Tom and I have differences of opinions regarding green beans. I prefer purple beans because they are easier to pick, and Tom prefers green ones because he thinks they taste better. I prefer very long poles for the beans that reach up to the sky, and Tom prefers poles where you can actually reach the beans to pick them. I prefer pole beans because they are easier to pick, and Tom prefers bush beans because he thinks they taste better (notice a theme?). So we have come to somewhat of a compromise. We plant both purple and green pole beans and green bush beans. And we use poles (from our bamboo patch) that range from 5 – 8 feet tall. I preferentially pick the pole beans, and he picks the bush beans.
The problem is that there are times when Tom is occupied for several days in a row and does not have time to pick his bush beans. I cannot stand to see food go to waste so I bend over pick the bush beans and mess up my back. So I came up with a bush bean picking device that helps a lot.
PS It has rained 2 inches here in roughly the last 2 days, per Grampa’s rain gauge. This is after only 0.25 inches here in all of July. We desperately need it for the wildfires on the other side of the mountains and here for our pastures.