Our bush are planted first for early harvests due to their tender nature. Once our southern heat makes an appearance, these plants scorch and slow production while their climbing counterparts kick it in high gear for long summer bounty. Pests are kept a bay with gentle dusting of natural BT or Neem oil sprays..but only if hand picking the critters becomes too overwhelming.
The bare facts:
Bush beans are direct seeded in rows throughout the month of March; runners are direct seeded at the base of a trellis or near corn shoots when they are a foot high.
Common Southern Varieties:
Bush: Blue Lake
Runner: Scarlet runner
Bountiful harvests of beans can be pressure canned or blanched and frozen for later use. As a home gardener, it's quite satisfying to step into the pantry seeing all those wonderful jars of bright green beans lined up in a row.
Are you planting green beans this year? Or maybe wax beans? Share your garden plans with us...let's inspire each other to get out there and grow something wonderful!