Semi shade bean experiment

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    Cow peas, handle some shade they say. So here is my experiment so far. Over seeded in sorghum and turnips on one and just turnips in the other, put in late. August will see it get added clover in both then we'll see about the Sept. Rye.

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    Posted that on the run from phone. I got a couple of the shaded clover hay mix plots in there as well. The point is if your looking for a annual attraction ,soil building options that is different than other plantings around the woods. Cow peas that will frost out, though in the cover of a wood lot not as quickly as an open field, may work for you. It can also add cover for a fall clover planting. They can also hold up against a wooded plots fall leaf drop being a tall plant unlike young clovers. These shaded areas were not hit as hard by seed stealing critters as my open big sunny plots, one of which was stripped nearly bare.
     
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    So a check on cow peas
    1. You can bury them pretty deep and they will grow..
    a. New beans just emerging as others are on 3 leaf growth. This helped avoid that first critter attack.
    2. Many beans in various stages of being nipped. They went from just a stem to nipped to first node.
    a. These beans ALL had new nodes and the beginnings of new leaves. This is way better than with . soybeans
     
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    Seen manyeople t ry planting beans in a small semi shaded spot.
    100% failure.
     
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    These cowpeas ,so far, are growing pretty well. Even in the standing water I saw yesterday from the non stop rain we've had.. Remember these are not for pods. I've never gotten pods up here in the north from my cow.peas, greens only. They are a vining cowpea so they take critter browse very well.
    Time and weather will tell I suppose with picture along the way..
     
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    Since I was out taking " proof" pics here are the beans, BTW you farmers is that one bean pic a bug or disease issue? It seems to be on more than a few.
    Some areas look bare but have just emerging beans. The beans keep coming up 3 weeks in...which isn't a bad thing.
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