Thursday, June 5, 2014

Growing Beans {Watch My Garden Grow Series}

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Green beans are one of the easiest things you can grow in your garden. They are also quite easy to can, so if you want to grow a bunch, you can have them all winter long! Beans can be bush beans or pole beans. I like bush because you don't have to support them at all--they are less maintenance.

What you need:
When to plant:
Beans are tender. Plant just before your average date of the last frost. I plant mine about mid-May. Bush beans all come on at once, so I do one row, wait two weeks, and then plant a second row (unless I am canning--then I do them all at once). 

Where to plant:
"They" say beans need full sun. I plant my beans in part shade and they do very well. 

How to plant:
  1. Prep soil.
  2. Plant seed about 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart.
  3. Water.
How to care for beans:
  1. Beans are very easy. Just keep them watered. Too much water can make them grow slowly.
  2. You also want to keep weeds picked. 
How to harvest beans:
  • Harvest when the beans are about the right length and size. You don't want to wait until they are too big--then the seeds are huge inside. 
  • Harvest continually. The plants will continue to flower and produce beans for 2-3 weeks if a bush plant (longer if pole).
  • One note--I have found spiders love to hang out in bean plants. So do earwigs. Just be warned. I always wear gloves when I pick these things because I hate to touch those bugs. 
That is about it. Pretty simple right?

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