how do i grow beans?
Most beans don’t like cold weather. Don’t grow beans in soil that is colder than 15 C (60 F). Beans that have been grown in cool soil will germinate slowly and they are more prone to disease later in life.
Sow bean seeds 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart, or 1 inch deep and 9 per square foot. The seeds will sprout in 5-10 days. When the beans have grown and it's time to harvest, make sure to harvest often as beans become less productive as summer wears on.
If you want a continuous harvest, plant a new square foot of different bush varieties every two weeks all summer long.
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Harvest beans by breaking or cutting each stem with 2 hands, be sure not to pull the plant or you might accidentally rip the entire plant from the ground. The best beans are the small and tender ones, so pick those and try not to let the beans get too big because they will lose their flavour. Regularly harvesting your beans will also produce great tasting pods.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
If you notice your bush beans starting to get a little floppy and spread all over the container, you can run string around the beans, bundling them in groups to help provide structure and to keep them in their container
Beans are a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin A & C, manganese, phosphorus, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, copper and protein.
Preparing and using
If you don’t plan on using your beans right away, wash them and place in the fridge. Beans don’t store well, so they need to be used quickly after you pick them. Beans can be eaten raw or you can steam, boil, or stir fry them. If you have too many beans to eat all at once, try canning them!