Contender Bush Bean (52 days) An outstanding yielder. Mosaic and Powdery Mildew resistant. A very attractive bean, 61⁄2 inches long, dark green, stringless and nearly round. Because of its heat tolerance, Contender is particularly valuable for late summer planting. Very high yields are possible with Contender on fertile soil or with extra nitrogen.
Plant in the spring after danger of frost and the soil is warm. For a continuous supply plant every 2 to 3 weeks until late August. Select any well drained soil of loose texture with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Fertilize with a quality garden fertilizer. Snap beans are susceptible to fertilizer injury, so mix fertilizer well with soil. Make rows 21⁄2 to 3 feet apart and plant seed 11⁄2 inches deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. Cultivate shallowly. Do not pick beans when vines are wet, this can spread disease. Side dress at time of bloom with Nitrate of Soda. Fifty pounds of seed to plant an acre; one lb. per 200 feet of row.