*When planting beans press the soil with boot for good luck. (We always do this one. I love to see The Deer Hunter’s boot prints on the rows we plant-I used to like to see Pap’s too)
*Plant beans in the middle of the day for a better yield. (We might have accidentally done this one)
*Beans planted on dark nights will grow the best crops. (Not sure I could see to do this one 🙂 )
*Plant beans early in the morning if you want to have the crop come in earlier in the season. (Again we might have done this one accidentally if we got an early start)
*Plant beans when the elm leaves are as big as a penny.
*Beans planted during a leap year will produce more than usual. (I hope I can remember to check this one out)
*Putting bean hulls in the path will make vines grow profusely. (Seems plausible)
*Plant beans in new ground, or under a tree, and there won’t be any bugs on the vines. (Not sure how they’d do under a tree, but we’ve planted in new ground with good luck)
*Beans planted on the full of the moon will begin bearing at the ground and bear all the way up.
*Plant beans on a full moon in April.
*If beans are planted on Good Friday, they will grow well. (Some years Good Friday would be too early here)
*Plant cornfield beans from June first to the fourth Saturday in June. (Granny’s already got her’s planted)
*Beans should not be cultivated during the dog days, as the beans will all drop off. (Wonder if they just left them to rot??)
*It is bad luck to give bean seed away. (I guess I know where all my bad luck has come from now 🙂 )
Most of the folklore came from The Frank C. Brown Collection of NC Folklore. Always makes me wonder how they came up with the stuff. I suppose there’s truth in all of them, even if that truth no longer exists for us today. I’m happy to say all of our beans are up and growing.