What the hell happened?

Runty, stunted bean plant:

runty bean plant!

Compared to massively huge with no signs of slowing down tomato plant:

compare / contrast

And! It’s hard to tell in these photos, but the bean plant is already starting to flower. Am I right in guessing it’s not going to get much bigger now? These two plants got identical growing conditions. In fact, I assumed quite the opposite would happen here — I’d have a huge bean plant and maybe a few tomatoes — because it’s rather shady here.

So, what the hell happened?

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13 thoughts on “What the hell happened?

  1. Really? On the one hand, that seems too twee to be right… but then again, you are from Iowa, so I should presume you know more about these things than I do…

  2. The midwest is full of sage advice like that. Corn should be “knee high” by the 4th of July, and divorcees “split the blanket”. I had to learn a new language upon my arrival to the East Coast.

    Of note, and possibly of some assistance: beans love nitrogen rich soil. Nitrogen is not fertilizer. Good luck!

  3. Okay, Dan, I’m making you my bean consultant. [This is, sadly, an unpaid position.] Any idea if adding nitrogen now that the plant is flowering will make much difference? Or I guess I could just add it and hope for the best?

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