Sow Bush Beans Continuously and Avoid These Garden Problems
You know I was never a fan of growing bush beans until I discovered how
good they tasted in stir fries.
Then I've been a big fan and have eaten them regularly over the past
few years. I just hate it when people overcook this vegetable (if it
doesn't still have a snap, it's overcooked).
If you want some good beans, plan on sowing every two weeks
until the end of June or middle of July in warmer areas. This should
give you enough fresh beans to keep you harvesting and enjoying the
plants until frost knocks them down.
The biggest problem with growing bush beans is that gardeners try to
rush the season and plant them too early. The ground temperature should
be in the mid-60's F before you put a bean seed into the ground.
you're using untreated beans, this translates into the first week of
June in a zone 4 garden. If you succumb and purchase fungicide treated
beans, you can plant a week or two earlier. The warmer the soil – the
better the germination rate.
Planting Bush Beans
Bush bean seeds should be planted so they are approximately 2 to 4
inches apart in the row and the rows should be 24 inches apart.
plant them too deeply – no more than three quarters – to one inch
deep. Deeper is simply burying, not sowing.
A single plant will give approximately a single meal for two people, so
plan according to the number of people and the number of meals you
Again, compost tilled into the garden before planting will get the
beans going as soon as they germinate.
Never plant a white seeded bean too early or it will tend to die off on
you. You can cheat a little with darker seeds. Apparently the white
seeds have a thinner seed coat and absorb water too fast so that the
early seeds crack and die instead of growing.
Careful When Wet
When growing bush beans, as with most vegetable plants, do not work
in the garden when the plants are wet.
Bean rust, anthracnose and
blight is easily spread by moisture on the plant and to nearby plants.
In seed catalogues, you'll see several kinds of bush beans described.
Shipping beans have extra fibre to stop the bean from cracking and
breaking during shipping. Don't grow these beans if you're going to
freeze them. This is the preferred bean of the big stores as they have
a good cosmetic appeal.
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Fresh Market Bush Beans
Fresh market bush beans are tender but they get lumpy quickly as the
bean inside matures. They're ugly and they contain a medium amount of
fibre. But they taste good. Harvest regularly to avoid the lumpy look.
Processing and Gourmet Beans
These bush beans have the least amount of fibre and
are extremely tender. These are the beans for freezing or canning. They
are more influenced by bad or cold weather so never plant them early.
They do get lumpy because there's no fibre in them to hold them slim
but even when lumpy, they taste very good.
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