I make sure that we plant a lot of green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) in our homestead garden each year because my whole family is mad for them — even the kids. Like all food, I think that a palate for veggies develops quickly when they’re fresh, organic, and eaten straight from the garden.Growing Bush Beans and Pole Beans check out.
I am suspect of anyone who says this is a false claim. I can only surmise that they are guessing when they make this statement, and have yet to actually eat vegetables fresh from the garden. This is neither here nor there. Grow some for yourself — the truth is delicious.
People often hear me say that beans are the Swiss Army knives of the vegetable world because of their endless versatility concerning flavors, colors, preparations, and storage.
In fact, one would be hard pressed to try every bean variety within every category including snap beans, dried and shelly beans, butter beans (lima), broad beans (fava), and soybeans (edamame).
Green (snap) beans are my favorite type and they’re not only nutritious; they’re loaded with flavor and come in a variety of colors such as green, red-streaked, purple, and yellow.
Growing them is a snap (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and there are endless varieties available.
Bush or Pole Beans? Growing Bush Beans and Pole Beans
Every gardeners has his or her reasons for favoring bush or pole bean varieties. I think there are some solid arguments for both types, therefore, I grow both each year.
I fully own my penchant for pole beans. First of all I think that they’re (usually) more tender and have a sweeter flavor than bush beans. They also easily produce twice as much as their shorter counterparts. Garden space-wise, this make more sense. Plus you can train them up bamboo poles to create a living tee pee for yourself…er the kids.
It’s easy to see why this is so if you compare pole beans to indeterminate tomato plants and the bush beans to determinate types. Like the vining (indeterminate) tomatoes, the vining (pole) beans flower and produce beans as they grow taller all season long. Bush bean varieties act like indeterminate tomatoes in that the flower and produce beans all at once. This makes for a perfect canning situation by the way.
Pole-bean-raving aside, bush beans have some great things going for them, as well. With bush varieties you’ll be harvesting beans much faster as they require less time to mature than the pole varieties. Quick maturity and an early harvest makes it possible in some zones to plant a bumper crop (another whole crop in place of that one) right after you harvest the beans from those plants.
Planting and Caring for Green Beans
If you simply must get them started indoors, then do so several weeks before the last frost date in your area. I prefer to start my beans directly into the garden bed once we’ve passed our frost date. The should be between 60-70 degrees — and warmer end is always better.
Beans like soil that’s fairly decent and has some organic matter yet not excessively fertile, so don’t think too hard on it. Well-draining soil is important and some good sunshine (8 hours) keep them happy.
Make a hole that’s twice as deep as the beans are long (usually about 1″) and add some compost into the hole along with the bean. I plant them about 3″- 4″ apart form each other unless I’m making a bean tee pee. For tee pees, I plant the beans 2″ apart in a circle around the base of each pole.
Water the seeds lightly until you see little seedling head pushing up through the soil. After that, you’ll want to keep the soil uniformly moist. While they aren’t considered thirsty plants, beans should have moderate water until they start flowering. Then they’ll need a little more.
You’ll get more bean for your buck if you harvest them from the vine regularly as the ripen. Don’t let them mature (fill out ) or it will signal the vine to slow down production. That said, pole bean varieties stay tender on the vine longer than the bush beans..