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Heirloom Trionfo Violetto garden beans with mottled leaves and deep purple pods are coming up fast.

The winner is...

I can't get over how fast beans germinate. Plants were bursting out of the dirt in four days and grew an inch a day. I decided to plant them outside even though it is getting cold again. I was afraid the plants would take over my living room, where I am growing plants for this year's vegetable garden.

I will probably cover them up at night to protect them from frost. The heat from the foundation of my porch, where I planted them, should also help.

Other fast-germinating plants in this year's collection were Swiss Chard, lettuce, Early Girls and morning glories. The morning glories will be the next plants to be kicked out of the house.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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