Simple Steps to Grow Beans
Jack and the Beanstalk
One of my favorite fairy tale story as a child growing up was Jack and the Beanstalk. This fairy tale had a very adventurous storyline that always kept me on the edge of my seat as to what was about to happen next.
Most of us if not all of us know how the story ends with jack slaying the giant, both him and his mother getting the golden goose of the giant that lays the golden eggs and in the end becomes very rich.
I believe that this is a good way to end this story of a boy and his mother that struggled until they arose from rags to riches. But if it had not been for those magic beans that Jack traded for their cow that his mother sent him with to market to sell even though upset when she found out what her son did jack would have never had those magic beans that grew into a large beanstalk overnight that lead to this adventurous journey.
How good it would be to have beans like these that suddenly sprung up overnight and lead us to our golden goose without the giant of course. But this article is not about seeking to get our goose that lays golden eggs even though that would be nice but about growing beans that are so beneficial to our health.
Tips For Growing Beans
I love adding beans to rice and soups because they are very delicious. There are many types of beans that it is just mind-blowing. The good news about beans besides their taste is the vitamin content along with the benefits they have. But what’s the process of growing, caring, and harvestings beans?
When planting beans plant in full sun because beans love or thrive best in warm weather. The soil should be well-drain soil. Soil such as organic soil or compost is great because this of type soil retains the right amount of water and fertilizer for plant health.
Beans can grow either as a bush or pole beans. Bush beans grow more compact and don’t require support while on the other hand pole beans need support and are supported by trellises or stakes.
Bush beans can have a spread of up to 2 feet. Therefore proper spacing of bush beans is important. Pole beans grow or climb like a vine and reach heights of up to 12 or more feet. The seeds should be planted to a depth of 1-2 inches and 3-4 inches apart. I have also seen beans planted near and growing on chain link fences and doing very well.
Keep beans well water, don’t saturate the soil just moist enough so the soil doesn’t completely dry out.
Using a well-balanced fertilizer will go a long way in keeping your beans growing healthy.
Pest of beans
Pest of beans include
- Spider mites
- Cucumber beetles
- Mexican beetles
- Japanese beetles
Treating with insecticidal soap sprays, or a mixture of a teaspoon of dish liquid to a 32 oz bottle sprayer filled with water or using an organic insect spray will treat these insects.
When harvesting beans look for firm pods that are sizeable.
Also, mature beans will snap when removed from the stalk.
The final word
Growing, caring for and harvesting beans are really simple. Following these steps will ensure that you are successful when it comes to growing beans so make beans are a part of your spring garden and reap a good harvest of your labor.