Green beans and results
I grew 3 varieties of bush beans this year. Blue Lake, (my old standby), Jade, and Provider were all good to great producers.
Provider came in first, the other two at about the same time a week or so later. Provider produced a lot of beans and were great when young and tender, but they went from tender to overly mature and stringy much quicker than the other two. Taste was the best of the three in the field but not any better than the others when cooked.
Jade was not as heavy a producer but taste was excellent both in the field and cooked. I found that they stayed tender even when past the normal picking stage and kept on producing longer than Provider.
Blue Lake is the standard I use to judge beans and it didn't disappoint this year. It gave me more beans than I knew what to do with (the family and friends appreciated that!) and they were tasty in the field and cooked. The beans did get a bit tough and tasteless when left on the vine too long.
Overall I'll stick with Blue Lake out of these three. Next year I'll plant a row of them and two more rows of something else. This is fun!
What varieties did you grow this year and what do you think of them?