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Hi permies! I have raised garden beds which are soil, manure, then a thick layer of wood chips. I live in zone 5b-6. I planted bush green beans and had a lovely crop, but to my dismay I learned that they are determinate! Is it too late to remove the plants and grow another crop? We usually have very nice weather through September into October.....thanks
 
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You could grow something that can handle some frosts, what I think of as fall roots and greens.

Greens- spinach, arrugula, mizuna, even lettuce

Roots- radish, japanese turnips, daikon, beets

Not too late at all, but don't delay.
 
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Cut them to the ground and leave the roots in the ground. Leave the tops on the surface and let them decay. In the meantime, plant any or all of the above suggestions. As the bean leftovers break down they will feed the next crop and the soil life as well.

Next year, try planting beans every two weeks so that you have a continual harvest. I plant a row of beans long enough to make about 10 days worth of beans. Then do the same thing again in two weeks. This way you have enough, but not too many beans all through the season. This is a good technique for many other crops that crop all at once. I do it with carrots, beets, beans, greens etc. As you harvest, replant something else. Don't replant the area with the same plant family to avoid encouraging plant disease.



 
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I've always had a rubbish time with bush beans, so yay for you!
Supposedly many bush/determinate beans can produce fast, so if you have the ability to preserve them, you might get another round...
In late summer/early autumn in my climate I'd be planting my winter veg, but judging from your zone, you can't grow much over the winter?
 
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