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We love to grow green beans! They’re are a staple in our garden and our pantry. They are easy to grow, harvest, and preserve. Can’t beat that! I love having my pantry shelves lined with foods that we’ve grown and canned. It’s just so rewarding to feed my family a meal that we’ve been a part of from the small seed all the way to the plate.
Green beans also happen to be on my easy to grow vegetables list (like yellow squash). Aside from bean beetles (which can be controlled naturally), we haven’t had a lot of trouble out of beans. They’re very prolific so we can get a large harvest out of a small space. 10-15 plants per household member is a good goal. I always shoot a little higher, the more plants, the merrier!
We’ve grown both bush and pole versions of green beans. The bush variety is what we have found works best for us in our garden. We also prefer the stringless varieties. It is just easier to snap them without having to string them as well.
We’ve grown them in raised square foot garden beds and in rows in the ground. They worked great both ways. We choose an heirloom variety so that we can save seeds for the next year.
Easy to Grow Green Beans
Green beans do well in soil around 6.0-7.0 PH. Preparing your beds with rich organic compost is always a great idea. Once they beans set true leaves, we like to mulch them to help with water retention, pest control, weed control, and soil temperature.
When you plant your green bean seeds, you need to know how they will grow and if they’ll need support. Pole bean vines can get as long as 10-15 feet so they need a pole or a trellis to climb as they grow. Bush beans will grow to around 2 feet tall and do not need any support.
Green beans seeds can be planted anytime after the last spring frost as long as the soil temperature is above 48° F. Plant seeds 1″ deep and 6″-10″ apart for pole beans or 3″-4″ apart for bush beans. Rows should be 2′ or more apart. For square foot gardening, 9 seeds per square foot can be planted.
One of the great things about green beans is that they grow relatively fast. You can expect to start harvesting in 50-65 days from planting. Beans should be harvested when they are around 1/8″-1/4″ in diameter. The plants will continue to set beans after each picking well into the season.
For continued harvest throughout the entire season, green beans can be planted every 2 weeks in secession. If you would like to save seeds from your green beans, choose a healthy plant and let the pods get large so that the seeds can fully develop.
Green beans really are easy to grow and preserve. They can be frozen, freeze dried, or canned. We prefer to can our green beans. Green Beans are one of my top favorite foods to preserve.
What is your favorite type of bean to grow?
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