Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
|Green bush beans|
Growing beans, main information
Only sow when there's no danger anymore for frost or night frost. For the region where i have my garden (temperate climate, northern hemisphere) this is after May 15. You can sow until half July, depending on the species. Don't add fresh manure to the soil, but beans like a humus-rich soil so you can add some old compost or saw dust to prevent the beans from rotting.
Beans like full sun and dislike cold and wet weather.
Sow the beans 7 per stick or group of plants and keep the five best of them. Cover the seeds with ca 2 cm of moist soil.
Beans growing onto sticks: You may need to help the beans fix to the stick with little ropes. The bean twiners coil anti-clockwise, seen from above.
Pick those beans that are big enough. Picking the beans stimulates the growth of more beans.
Ca July 2011 - A field with young kidney bean plants. The beans were planted in a very poor sandy soil, enriched with mature compost. They later gave a reasonable harvest despite a cold and wet summer.
June 19, 2012 - Planting bush beans in a very sandy yellow soil enhanced with a mix of mature compost and saw dust. The seeds came from my own beans harvested one year earlier.
September 8, 2012 - Preparing green beans for the freezer. The harvest of beans is very good this year. The beans you see are of a species with fine and thin beans and i picked them all at once from the plants that i took out from the soil.
- Phaseolus vulgaris Wikipedia