Growing Beans- The Basics
One favorite vegetable for gardeners is the bean. Beans are relatively easy to grow and need very little maintenance to obtain an abundant crop. Planting a variety of beans in your garden will ensure that you have fresh beans on your table during harvest, and quite possibly enough frozen to last you throughout the winter. Here are some tips for growing beans that will help you to get a higher yield.
Although there are hundreds of varieties of beans, there are two main types of beans. One is snap beans and the other is shell beans. Snap beans are preferred because of their pods. Shell beans, on the other hand, are eaten mainly because of their seeds. These protein rich beans can be eaten fresh or dried.
Under these two type bean categories there are hundreds of varieties. Another thing that makes them different from each other is the fact that the bean species will fall under two growing habits. These growing habits are known as pole or running beans and the other is bush beans.
Pole beans need to be supported by stakes poles, wires, and trellises and other supporting materials. Runner beans are similar to the pole beans; however, they do need cooler temperatures in order to grow. Bush beans are self-supporting and do not need stakes or other apparatuses to support them. There are also some bean species in which you can choose one or the other growing techniques
Bush beans grow to a size of approximately 2-3 feet. Pole beans can grow approximately 5-7 feet in the air. If garden space is a concern to you, growing pole beans will work to your advantage. One other reason why some gardeners prefer pole beans over bush beans is the fact that pole beans produce beans for a longer season. When you harvest some of the pole beans, the plant will continue to produce more beans. Therefore, it is important for you to remember to pick some of your pole beans every couple of days. This will ensure new yield growth
Bush beans tend to have a shorter harvest season and most of the crop is ready to be harvested at the same time. Then the season for growing bush beans is over
Remember to add some organic compost to the soil before planting either type of bean. By doing so you will ensure that the soil has enough nutrients to provide you with a good crop yield. It is also important that these plants get enough sun and water to promote healthy growth.