Grow Your Own Green Beans Grow Your Own Green Beans

Whether you're an avid gardener or a beginner, green beans are an excellent choice for your garden. There are two main varieties of green bean plants, bush beans and pole beans. First you need to know which kind that you want to grow. Either variety is fairly uncomplicated to start and maintain in your garden.

Bean Varieties

Pole beans include such varieties as “Fortex” and “Garden of Eden.”  The plant itself grows like a vine and will need some type of support to get the best beans out of it. Some popular supports are tomato cages, garden stakes strung with wire or string, as well as placing the vines across a trellis. You will need plant ties or twist ties to get the vine started and to continue it in the direction you want it to grow.

Bush beans take up the same amount of space per plant and produce the beans all at one time. These beans take slightly less maintenance. No extra support is needed for the bush beans. Varieties include “Bush Kentucky Wonder” and “Blue Lake 274”.

When To Plant

It is best to plant the seeds or plants when the danger of frost has passed and the soil has reached about 66 degrees. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and about 6 inches apart from each other. Keep the rows about 28 inches apart. The beans should not be soaked before planting, but the soil should be well watered. They take roughly 2 months to form beans and should be planted every two weeks through August in order to have a continuous supply.

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