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Mar 02

How to Grow Green Beans

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:17 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

A vine of green beans

Green beans, also known as string beans or snap beans, are a staple in vegetable gardens everywhere because of how easy they are to grow, especially in Texas. There are a wide variety of green beans to choose from and they even come in other colors, like the Golden Wax Bean which are yellow. If you want your own tasty green beans, we have some step-by-step instructions to tell you how to grow them yourself!

Varieties

Like we mentioned, the variety of green beans to choose from is huge. A few common varieties planted in Texas include Blue Lake, Derby and Kentucky Wonder. Keep in mind, some green beans grow long vines or on bushes. If they grow off vines, you will need a pole to help support the plant.

Best Time and Place to Plant

A hand shovel with bean seeds ready for planting

The best time to plant green beans in the spring is after the threat of frost has warned off and the soil is warm. Green bean plants love sunshine, so keep them somewhere where they have full access to sunlight. As always, make sure your soil is prepped and ready for planting. Green beans thrive in soil that is rich in organic matter, and you can prep properly with Texas Pure Products Compost!

Planting

For bush beans, make rows roughly 3-feet apart from one another and plant the seeds 1-inch deep and 4-to-6 inches apart. For pole beans, make rows 3-to-4 feet apart and then create tiny hills 3-feet apart from each other. Stick a 6-to 8-foot stake into the hill and plant the seeds 1-inch deep around it.

Seedling of a green bean plant popping through the soilCaring for Your Green Beans

Even after the plants begin to flower and start sprouting beans, it is good to sprinkle a little more fertilizer and encourage it to produce more beans. Adding a layer of mulch will also help the plants retain moisture and keep them cool. All they need is a good watering every week to prevent the soil from drying out and you’re set.




Harvesting

Harvesting green beans in the garden

Your green beans are ready to be picked when they are as thick as a pencil. Don’t let them sit there too long though, when they are overgrown they become tough and stringy. Keep harvesting them when they are ready and the plant will continue to produce for several more weeks!

We hope you find this guide to be helpful as you start planning for your spring garden. Let us know if we can answer any of your questions by messaging us on Facebook or by giving us a quick phone call at 972-769-4150.

Happy planting!

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