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Bush Beans From Seed to Harvest
There’s the Golden Wax, harvester and Royal Burgundys. These are three of the many
varieties of Bush Beans available to grow at home. If you have never grown bush beans
before you are really missing out. They are easy to grow and have a high yield per plant.
Best of all they are extremely easy to start from seed, and that means, you will save
money on your food bill.
Bush beans as opposed to Pole Beans (I’ll talk about them in my next article), are
determinate. That means they will grow to a certain size, stop growing, then start
producing. This allows you to know exactly how much space you will need per plant.
Bush bean plantings have a harvest window of about 10 days. So when planting them,
make sure you space out your plantings every so many days. This gives you a constant
supply of beans throughout the season.
Bush Beans are fairly large seeds and that means you can plant them deeper than
many other seeds that we have talked about thus far. One inch is perfect, but I have
gotten away with as deep as two inches. Try to keep it within that range though.
Is your soil temperature in the seventy-five to eighty degree range? If not, it’s not the end
of the world, nor does this mean they won’t germinate, however, at this range, you will
find that your bush beans will pop up in as little as seven days. Maybe sooner under
The jury is still out on whether or not to start your bush bean seeds indoors or simply
wait until you can sow them directly into your garden when weather permits. I personally
have had success using both methods here in New Jersey. If your growing season is
short on time, then by all means start indoors to give your garden a head start.
Keep your soil neutral...the pH range that is. Bush beans grow best, in my own
experiences, when the soil is around 6.5 to 7.0. If your soil is too acidic, add some
crushed powdery limestone. Too alkaline and use a good organic fertilizer that adds
acidity to your soil.
My bush beans have grown best when exposed to a full day worth of sun and weekly
steady watering. By steady I mean 15 minutes under the sprinkler, first thing in the
morning as the sun is rising.
Depending on the variety of bean (follow the back of your seed pack), harvest your beans
when they reach their full plump size or length. Picking them right before you are about
to consume them will give you the best tasting most full flavored bush beans you have
If you practice crop rotation, which you should, you are in luck. Bush beans get along
with just about every plant out there.
plantings have a
harvest window of
about 10 days. So
them, make sure
you space out
every so many
days. This gives
you a constant
supply of beans
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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