Once upon a time, a few years ago, there was a green bean farmer. She grew Emerite pole beans from Renee’s Garden and they did extremely well.
She harvested green beans by the bowl every couple of days, and everyone was happy.
Then suddenly, something went wrong.
This made the bean farmer very sad. “What could it be?” she wailed. “What is eating my beans?” The man at the garden center confidently said, “Spider mites.” So she got some neem oil and went happily on her way.
She sprayed and she watched; she watched and she sprayed. And the beans did not get better; they got worse.
By this time, she was very, very sad. “Grandpa, what can I do?” she cried. For Grandpa was an Expert Farmer and he would surely know what to do. And Grandpa confidently said, “Spray them with Sevin.”
And the bean farmer sighed, for Sevin kills honeybees along with the bad bugs. Who knows what it could do to her? She could not eat beans that had poison on them. She could not feed them to her family.
Alas, that year there was nothing she could do to save her bean crop. But in just a few seasons, a fine book would come along to help her with all her garden problems.
What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? is full of information on how to keep vegetables healthy, so they’re less susceptible to attack. And when problems occur, it tells how to find the right organic solution.
This year, in preparation, the bean farmer read the section entitled “Pests and Diseases of fava beans, green beans, lima beans, peas, and soybeans.” It contains pictures, symptoms, diagnoses, and solutions for 27 different things that could befall the crop.
What could have attacked her beans those many years ago? It was certainly not spider mites, because that would have turned the leaves a rusty bronze color. The culprit was most likely bean leaf beetles, which eat holes in the middle of leaves.
What can be done about these beetles? Plenty! The book provided 11 solutions with detailed explanations for each. This year, the bean farmer is prepared–with new seeds and a handy book that will help her fix her garden problems.
And the bean farmer and her assistants lived happily ever after.