Mercer County, Pennsylvania

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Edible Parts of Bean Plants

I just read an article about getting your greens from unusual places and it mentioned edible bean leaves. This, like other articles I’ve read over the years, uses somewhat non-specific language like “common beans” or, makes a general statement and then begins talking about one particular variety, like fava beans, or just starts talking about Asian cuisine. I have never been able to find firm, expert statements that “all” are edible or even, hardly, that a specific variety is okay to consume. I feel I’m walking through the dark, here. Can you direct me to a rule-in/rule-out list resource of the typical dry bean varieties we eat, here in the US, where the top leaves are consumable? Think the “15-bean soup varieties,” cheap staples on the shelf everywhere, locally. Pinto, black, black-eyed peas, navy, butter/fava, kidney, etc. I specifically would like to make pestos, to freeze fresh, or I want to cook up a pot southern collard-greens style. Cooking up a bean soup and throwing in chopped leaves, too, ...sounds...nutritious and delicious. Growing and harvesting young plants throughout the winter, using lights, sounds fun. My concerns are whether there are any toxins that require boiling and draining, etc. because, just as I find the vague pro statements, I also find vague “mildly toxic” statements. Thank you.

Mercer County Pennsylvania 6 months ago

Spray for thrip on basil plants.

Spray for thrip on basil plants.


Mercer County Pennsylvania almost 3 years ago

Poison ivy??

Are these plants and roots poisonous?


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Mercer County Pennsylvania almost 5 years ago

Infestation of bugs on trees

Hello, we have 2 trees that have swarms of bugs on them. What are they and what do we do? We have an ornamental cherry tree and a maple tree. See picture.



Mercer County Pennsylvania over 1 year ago

How do I control ground ivy with borax?

How do I control ground ivy with borax?


Mercer County Pennsylvania over 5 years ago

Pruning apple trees

At what time of the year should apple trees be pruned.? TY


Mercer County Pennsylvania 5 months ago

Canning soup that contains rice

Can I jar stuffed pepper soup which contains cooked rice?


Mercer County Pennsylvania over 7 years ago

Penn State's Bylaws for the Master Gardener's program

Could you please tell me where I might find the bylaws from Penn State for the Master Gardeners? Our locsl bylaws refer to the PS bylaws. Thank you! Kathy Piston-Mercer County


Mercer County Pennsylvania over 6 years ago

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