If there’s one plant I’d say I’ve had the most success with since I began gardening, it would be green beans. I never would have predicted it, though, because my mom never grew them. When I began, I started with literally zero knowledge.
My first year I grew both pole beans and bush beans, and though I hit a few snags along the way, I harvested enough to give me the confidence I needed with this staple crop.
Now I grow all of my green beans using two A-frame trellises, and I preserve enough to last me all season. All it took was understanding some basics and letting these non-fussy plants grow.
In today’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I walk you through the basics of growing green beans, like:
- the differences between bush and pole beans and when to choose one over the other
- what varieties of pole beans I’ve tried and recommend
- the ideal time to plant for best results
- how deep and how far apart to plant
- how to avoid tough strings in your green beans
- when to harvest
- how to save your seed for next season (it’s really easy!) and never pay for beans again
- what you MUST know before you start canning green beans
Click below to listen to this episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast:
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