When to harvest these lima beans ?

SmokyMist(7 East TN)July 19, 2014

This is my first year planting lima beans, as many years as I've had a garden. We planted them in a large raised bed full of awesome soil and rabbit droppings ( as we have angora rabbits ). The Henderson Baby Lima variety. They have done SO well, they are just covered in beans ! I am unsure though of when to harvest them. I have read that you harvest limas before the seeds become too mature inside the pod, but at what point ? I don't want these to go bad on me...also will they continue to produce new beans ? Thanks !!

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mav72(10b)

I've always harvested limas when the pod starts to change color... The beans are usually still hydrated...

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:44PM
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mav72(10b)

I've always harvested limas when the pod starts to change color... The beans are usually still hydrated...

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:49PM
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farmerdill

Concur: but you can harvest anytime the beans are large enough to shell out. Henderson's usually sets a second crop after the first is harvested. They don't bear continuosly but in spurts.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 8:25AM
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hementia8(8 MS)

I agree that they are good at any stage before they start to dry
We let some of the pods of the colored ones turn slightly and the beans acquire their brilliant color
The grand kids love to shell them and have a contest as to who has found the the prettiest
I get sneaky sometimes and add a few white types
That is lesss we have to shell
Charlie

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:20AM
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SmokyMist(7 East TN)

Thanks everyone, so basically I shouldn't wait until they are too big, but big enough to have a decent sized bean to eat. Guess I'd better start picking !

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:16PM
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