Growing Great Beans

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Beans are another one of my favourite foods, red beans and rice, baked beans or refried beans with eggs for breakfast; it really does not matter, I like beans.

For the home gardener, there are two types of beans that you will want to consider. One is the pole bean. Pole beans will need some kind of support; a support that is strong enough to keep the plants from tumbling to the ground.

The support must bear the full weight of the plants but it has to also withstand the summer winds and storm. You do not want to come out one fine sunny morning and find that last night’s storm knocked your beautiful beans flat.

The other is the bush beans, which are a smaller and more compact plant and will provide a heavy first harvest as well as a lighter second picking before the plants are finished.

When you use bush beans you may be able to plan more than one crop during the season so that a continuous supply of beans is always close to maturing.

Most bush beans are ready to harvest in less than 60 days from planting and there is also less chance that pests and other diseases' will affect them.

I usually go with pole beans if my garden is small and the upright shape is what I need. I have grown both sometimes in the same garden and have no actual preference; it is always a matter of how much land I have available to grow beans.

I have build tripods/teepees from poles to use as supports and if the poles are long enough and put into the ground at least six inches and securely fastened at the top they have withstood some fairly heavy wind storms.

Beans should not be sown until the danger of the last frost has passed; damp and cold soil will cause the bean seed to rot and bye bye bean.

There is a wide variety of beans to choose from and remember when you buy seeds of any kind, beans included, read the seed package and follow the instructions.

Beans are also a great way to introduce children to gardening and the connection between food and the earth.

What you need are a bean seed, a small garden pot (3 inch across) some soil and water. You will also need a palce at hoem to put the pot where it will get 4-6 hours of sunlight.

Fill the pot with soil; make a small hole using the pinky finger about ¼ inches deep, put in the bean cover over, water.

Then place the pot in a sunny spot and watch it grow. Be sure the planter has drainage and be sure to place a saucer or somethign else to catch the excess water.

We have done this exercise with quite a few children over the years and they enjoy the planting and have often told us about their beans and even brought pictures.

This exercise works well with children between the ages of 2 and 4 years old but children up to 7 have participated and had fun.

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

Well, looks like I have a project for my 5 year old. Frosts are all but gone and we have plenty of spare time. Thank you Bob.

Mon.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

You can get a headstart on beans in northern climates by putting them in a container lined with a wet paper towel. Make just one layer of beans in the lined container, rest the lid on top (don't seal it), place it in a warm area but out of direct sunlight. In just about a week you will see the beans sprout. Wait for the outdoor temperatures to be above frosting or freezing at night, and then plant the sprouted beans in your garden, tail side down.

Kids love to watch this process.

Time this seed soaking adventure about two weeks before the last frost date for your region. Where I am, it is May 15.

Thanks for a great hub on planting beans!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome monitor and Sally's Trove, thanks for the bean tip.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great informtion for us homegrowers. I love my vegie patch. This is great for kids to get interested in gardening


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks Eileen, we did the bean plantng project last night at the library, the kids loved it.


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CennyWenny 7 years ago from Washington

The beans are my favorite part of the garden! Do you find pole beans to be more prolific? I've only ever grown bush beans.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Pole beans produce a high yield in a limited space which is why I usually grow them. Thanks for dropping by.


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Bridgesan 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I was growing onions in the summer I think the next step is beans!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for dropping by.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Love this hub! thanks for the read!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome.


growing beans 5 years ago

I really love your hub. Thanks for the informative video. People who are newbie in growing beans should really read this.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Beans are part of this year's balcony, container garden. Happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

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