Green Beans are a popular garden crop for beginners because of how easy they are to grow. Beans come in two basic varieties - bush beans or pole beans. While very similar in many respects, the main difference between them is the seed-to-harvest time and the space they require to grow.
Green Beans are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, folic acid and fiber. They make a simple and nutritious side-dish for any meal, and are a great addition to soups and stir fries. While they can be eaten raw, it is recommended to cook green beans before consuming as any raw legume can be difficult to digest.
Growing green beans in GardenSoxx® | Plant Family: Fabaceae
Nutritional Information For Green Beans
Nutritional Facts - per 100/g
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat||0.2 g||-|
|Dietary Fiber||2.7 g||-|
How to Grow Green Beans in Your GardenSoxx®
Bush beans mature more quickly than pole beans and will produce a harvest sooner. They are planted in rows and do not require a trellis or support to produce an abundant harvest. Both varieties of beans are excellent additions to the garden as they will help to fix nitrogen in the soil. For gardens with a bit less space, we recommend bush beans as they have a smaller growing footprint than pole beans, but the harvest may not be as abundant.
Seeds can be sown directly outdoors, once the soil warms to at least 16 C (60 F) and the risk of frost has passed, plant seeds about 1 inch deep, 6 inches apart in rows. Drip irrigation or soil watering is recommended for bush beans so the foliage stays relatively dry, reducing the risk of fungus or disease. For optimal growth, bush beans should be planted in an area that receives full sun.
Green Beans Seed to Harvest Time: 7-8 Weeks - Note that bush bean varieties will produce a harvest all at once.
How to Harvest Green Beans
When beans are between 5-7 inches long, and the pods have thickened but are not yet bulging. A good indication that beans are ready to harvest is that the pod “snaps” when broken in half.