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Beans on My Balcony

Updated on May 11, 2011

beans on my balcony


Beans are great balcony plants. They can be grown in the same size five gallon pail I use to grow tomatoes and peppers. This applies to both bush and pole beans. Bush beans will not need support and pole beans can be grown up a trellis placed in the container. I like to use bamboo canes to make a tripod for growing pole beans in containers.


This year I will be planting, it is still a bit more than three weeks before I can plant the bean seeds outside, Wild goose beans and golden wax beans. Both are heat lovers. Both demand full sun. This means I will be placing them on the second floor balcony which gets a minimum of eight hours of sunlight each summer day and can get quite warm.


Growing any plant in a container on a balcony requires the grower to pay a little more attention to the plant's water needs. Containers can dry out faster than the earth does and may need to be watered more often.


Soil is the key to healthy plants, whether they are grown in the earth or in a container, healthy soil helps ensure healthy plants. This year because we moved and my composter stayed where it was, I will be buying soil, organic soil.


The first plant out date here in northern New Brunswick is about June 7; it has been a cool spring so I may wait a bit or will use a mulch in the container when planting. To mulch a container cover the top with mulch move a bit aside for the seed and plant according to the seed pack.


I also will be using a garden inoculant specifically meant got peas, lima and snap beans. This inoculant is a naturally occurring bacteria that aids growth and adds to soil fertility. Container soils can use the help.


It is possible to grow the pole beans along the balcony railing, I have done this with peas but not beans as yet. You will need to encourage them to grow this way but it is not that difficult.


I like growing beans on my balcony because:


1- the balcony is close to the kitchen so the plants are easy to care for.


2- Beans are fairly simple to grow as long as they get the sun and water, they should do fine.


3- bean seeds are likely the easiest plant seeds to save. You pick the pod when it is ready and either save the seeds or put them aside for cooking, plants will give both readily.


The bean seeds are in a small brown envelope which is in a larger brown envelope which is in the fridge, I like to keep the seeds cool and in the dark. In a little over three weeks time I will plant them in containers on my balcony. Growing beans on my balcony is easy to do and it takes little time and effort to maintain them. A few bean seeds can go and grow a long way, enjoy.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Those furry guys do get to the goodies before we do, all too often.

  • Lilleyth profile image

    Suzanne Sheffield 

    7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    I love fresh green beans but so do the bunnies. Perhaps I should try growing them in raised containers instead! Thanks for the hub, great idea.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Now if it would only stop raining and get a little warmer, thanks for visiting.

  • ccdursina profile image

    Carolina Dursina 

    7 years ago from Spring Green WI

    This is really great, thanks for sharing!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you, good gardening.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    It seems l´ve timed it right to read your great hubs. Thanks for all your help

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Itching a good word for this time of the year, happy growing.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    In th eUK we stillhave two weeks to go to be frost free. My fingers are itching.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Two growing seasons, now that is appealing, thanks for dropping by.

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    susieq42 

    7 years ago

    I love planting veggies and herbs. I also planted basil, spinach and a lot of pansies this year. I love my flower garden! We are in Florida so there are 2 growing seasons, Spring and Fall. I started my plants 6 weeks ago and have green tomatoes already. Maybe I'll try beans in the Fall.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, growing season is getting closer, happy gardening.

  • Eiddwen profile image

    Eiddwen 

    7 years ago from Wales

    Great hub, we have many pots with all sorts growing in them out on the patio.

    Up/useful and bookmark for this one.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Container herb gardens are great, I will be growing a few herbs this year. Thanks for stopping by and happy growing.

  • deblipp profile image

    deblipp 

    7 years ago

    I have had such bad luck with container plants because I don't seem to get the height. I've tried tomatoes and basil. I was thinking of trying sage next. I love an herb garden.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    They should do well, thanks for visiting and happy growing.

  • Movie Master profile image

    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Bob, I love growing in containers, it enables you to grow so much more, sounds as though they are going to flourish on that balcony, happy gardening!

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