How to Grow Climbing Beans
Growing Climbing Beans
Growing climbing beans is so easy and anyone can do it. Climbing beans are so easy to grow like any other vegetables like cucumber, runner beans, dwarf beans, broad beans and peas.
Beans can be grown directly into the soil, in containers or pots, raised beds or in plots. Beans grow well in a sunny position with good fertile loose soil. It just needs watering, fertilising and weeding now and again.
Things you need to Grow and Care for Climbing Beans
What you need to grow climbing beans:
- Multipurpose compost or your own home made compost - it does not have to be special compost as long as it is good compost.
- Grow more fertiliser - I like putting this with the compost, it is a slow release fertiliser. This can be bought in Poundland or garden centers.
- Beans seeds - this can be climbing beans but can also use dwarf beans, runner beans, or broad beans
- Water - is very important to water the beans regularly after planting and during growing period. Be careful not to overwater though.
- Stakes/canes(sticks)/twigs/ropes or strings - used for the beans to climb so that they will have something to hold them up high, can be used when they are about 4 to 5 inches tall. You can make a wigwam/tunnel or criss-cross the twigs or canes and train the beans to go up the canes.
- Chicken dung or pellets - in my country(Philippines), gardeners like my parents use this mixed with compost before planting the beans. It promotes healthy growth for the beans and lots of harvest. It can be smelly but they sell some in Poundland and it does not smell much as it comes in pellets.
- Containers or Pots - to grow beans in containers or small pots if you haven't got the space to grow the beans.
Best place to Grow Climbing Beans
The best place to grow beans is on the ground with good fertile loose soil, in containers or pots, raised beds or in the greenhouse. Beans can be planted directly on the plot, on a pot or container with compost, on a raised bed, on a greenhouse or anywhere in the garden but make sure that there is enough sunlight and loose soil. Some gardeners grow the seeds first in a seed growing tray but I find it is better if I grow them direct to wherever I want to grow them.
When you are a first time gardener, it would be best to try planting on pots or containers first then as you become more confident, then maybe you can try it on the plots or raised beds.
I tried planting beans in all places this year. I planted some direct on the soil or ground, in containers or pots, on the raised beds, on the plots and in the greenhouse to see which is more successful. The beans I planted on the raised bed were the ones that produced more beans and also the beans on the containers did well. So for my conclusion, best place to grow beans is on the raised beds, plots and containers. As long as you give it good compost and fertilisers, beans grow quite happily wherever you grow them.
Climbing beans photos
When to put up Support or Canes for Climbing Beans
When the bean plant is about 4 to 5 inches tall, it is time to put up some form of support like canes, twigs or strings to keep the beans upright. You can tell that the beans is ready to climb when you see the grippers come out from the bean plant in between the leaf and stem of the bean plant. I call it grippers because it uses it to grip the canes/twigs or strings/ropes as it grows upwards.
Another way of putting support is by putting the canes before planting the beans. And then you can just plant the beans around the supports. Personally, I find it better for me to stake the bean plants after planting when it is about 4 to 5 inches tall.
Anyway both ways are acceptable really, it all depends on how you like it better. Why not try both ways and see which works better for you.
When is the Time to Harvest Green Beans.
The green beans are ready for harvesting when the pods are full of green beans seeds or when you can actually see there is beans formed inside the pod. You can harvest them early if you like when the beans are just being formed inside the pod. It is better to harvest the beans once or twice a week to encourage more production of beans. The more you harvest beans the more it produce more flowers and then more beans.
It is best to let it mature a little bit before harvesting. If you wanted bean seeds saved for next planting season, you can leave the bean seeds and pods to mature and dry until they turn yellow in colour before you harvest them and keep them dry in a jam jar for future planting. That is what I do instead of buying new seeds which saves me money.
When you are feed up with the same kind of bean seeds, you can swap seeds with friends who are also gardeners if they have other types of bean seeds that you have not tried growing before. Or you can buy cheap bean seeds from Poundland only for a pound.
Uses of Green Beans
Beans are good accompaniment to any meals like stir fries, roast dinners, adobos, stewed vegetables, meat casseroles, spring rolls, and roasted vegetables. Beans goes with any meals really. Sometimes it goes with warm salads or cold salads as well. I also like fried green beans, it is very tasty, good for vegetarians.
You can also let the green beans mature and use it for stews or casseroles of any kind like beef stew, pork stew, lamb stew or chicken stew, especially if it is cooked in a slow cooker. If you got lots of it, you can save some more green beans seeds for next planting season.
Where you happen to produce many green beans, you can blanche the beans, put them in small bags then in the freezer for future use.
I like stir frying beans with garlic and eating it with rice if I get feed up with meat.
If you got lots of beans to harvest, leave some to ripen and sell it as seeds. I am sure this days, a lot of gardeners would like to buy and plant different kinds of beans. Sell it on the internet or in your local town market.
Nutritional Food Value of Beans
Here are the nutritional contents of Beans:
1.Protein - beans is packed with proteins
2. Fiber - help control metabolism which contribute to weight loss
3. Vitamins - packed with vitamins
5. calories - beans contain calories
7. minerals - contains iron, magnesium phosphate and more.
Have you had any success growing climbing beans?
How to Grow Climbing Beans
- How to grow green peas or mangetout and some sample recipes
Growing peas or mangetout is as easy as growing climbing beans. It is easy for me because I have seen my parents grow them since I was a child. But I think even non gardeners can grow them with ease.
How to grow climbing beans
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