This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We do not seem to pay the same attention to improving peas and beans as we do potatoes or corn, - but it is of some importance whether we grow a real bush bean, or one which spends half its vigor in endeavoring to find something to cling to. A real bush bean will generally give double the product from the same plant. Then a week of difference in coming into use, or a thick luscious "snappy" pod, is worth more than the ordinary mediocrity. Europeans pay great respect to the bush bean. The "date bean," and the "wax date," are said to be popular European kinds.