Starting Polebeans Indoors to Beat the Heat
First off, kudos to donnabaskets for her summer rotation plan for polebeans to beat the heat. It sounds like a fine plan. What would happen if I started my beans indoors in peat pots? Does the soil have to be 60 degrees F to plant polebean starts or could it be 50 degrees? This winter has been so warm that I'm betting the really hot weather will come even earlier in 2012. If my memory is good, in 2009 we had 95+ in July. In 2010, it hit mid-June. In 2011 we got into the 90's in May. As you might expect, nights are warm and days are humid and hot.
I have all but given up on Fortex but might just try it again for 2012. I'd also like try Tennessee cut short and maybe Grandma Roberts purple pole for the first time. For cowpeas, I'm thinking Zipper Cream and Pennyrile. Unless there are tastier ones.
Any ideas or suggestions?