Survival Gardening–Plant Pencil Pod Yellow Bush Beans

This year I planted a variety of heirloom yellow bush bean called Pencil Pod, which I purchased from Pinetree Garden Seeds. The seeds germinated well, and plants began producing beans several days before the other varieties I’ve planted.

This looks like a promising variety, and I wanted to let you know about it. Why not plant a fall crop of them? You’ve got time this season.

Besides, doing a video about these beans gave me a chance to try out a new video camera.

Have you tried Pencil Pod beans? Do you have your own survival gardening bush bean recommendations?



Fall 2011 Update

We had a difficult gardening year in my part of central Missouri. A cool, wet spring meant planting later than I would have liked. Then we had a long, hot and dry summer. Fall has turned out to be dry as well.

My Pencil Pod beans got off to a roaring start, but prolonged, excessive heat caused them to stop production for quite a while. They didn’t do much afterward.

But then the same thing happened with the other varieties of beans I planted, making it a disappointing season.

Here’s what they looked like the last week of September.


Pencil Pod beans in late Sept. '11


I’ll plant more Pencil Pod beans next spring with the hope they’ll have better growing conditions.

After all, isn’t hope and anticipation what keeps survival gardeners going everywhere?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.