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Grow These 3 Heirloom Bush Beans in Your Garden

Date Posted: July 21, 2014

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Grow These 3 Heirloom Bush Beans in Your Garden
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Just a few bush bean plants in your garden will produce plenty for a family of four. With so many varieties of bush beans to choose from, you are are bound to find one that you will enjoy to eat, as much fun as they are to grow.

Bush beans are so versatile, that just about every climate can grow them. In this article I wanted to take a look a three varieties of heirloom bush beans that are easy to grow, prolific producers and taste great.

These three heirloom varieties are great choices, because, you are going to get plenty of production out of them in a small amount space, they grow quick, and you can save some of the beans so you can plant them again in the following season.

Grow These 3 Heirloom Bush Beans in Your GardenTOP NOTCH GOLDEN WAX
This bush bean plant produces four to six inch long pods filled with dense beans. They are a golden yellow in color, and the tips (the part that attaches to the plant) can look pale to almost white. Under moderate conditions, one plant can produce about two to five pounds of beans. Results will vary however. Make sure you pick them early and often. Doing so will result in a greater yield.

Grow These 3 Heirloom Bush Beans in Your GardenROYAL BURGUNDY
This is a really cool variety of bush bean. They are a deep rich purple color. I have picked a few about seven inches long, although five or six inches have been the normal length I am seeing. Not as prolific a producer as the top notch golden wax or the top crop, but they have a great flavor that holds its own up against other popular varieties. The downfall of the royal burgundy beans, is, it loses its nice rich purple color during the cooking process. Once cooked, they will turn to a light shaded green.

Grow These 3 Heirloom Bush Beans in Your GardenTOP CROP
Definitely the most popular of all the bush varieties. In our online store we sell twice as many top crop bean packets than any other variety. Top crop beans are this popular because they are the easiest, fastest growing bush bean plant you can add to your home vegetable garden. Direct sow them into the ground and in 30 days (weather cooperating of course), you will start seeing beans pop up all over the plant. Within a week after that, you are harvesting. Expect to pull, on average, three pounds of beans from a single top crop bush bean plant.

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Beans are a great source of nutrition. They are high in fibre, contain loads of minerals, plenty of various vitamins, and are also a source for protein. Consuming 100g of beans will provide roughly 9.6g of protein and 13g of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre has been shown in studies to help lower blood cholesterol. Along with protein and fiber, beans are a great source of complex carbohydrates, folate and iron.

Bush beans are one of those, “anybody can grow it”, types of plant. In a sunny location, sow your bush beans of choice in a good fertile soil about six to eight inches apart. You will want to give your bush beans a good heavy weekly watering, and then once they germinate, reduce to a moderate watering. Once your bush bean plants are about three inches high, start feeding them weekly with a good fertilizer like fish emulsion or compost tea.

Bush beans are not only good for you, but they taste great and can be used in a lot of recipes. Bush beans are a perfect vegetable that gives you the opportunity to use your pressure canner. Because your bush bean plants will produce in abundance, they are a perfect vegetable of choice to stockpile in the pantry.

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Mike the gardener

About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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