Green beans, also known as french beans, pencil beans, string beans and snap beans, are much-loved all over the world and consumed in a variety of ways. Steamed, sauteed, grilled, roasted, stir-fried, or simply freshly picked. So gorge on this green vegetable, full of carotenoids, any which way you like. Green beans are a great source of the less popular nutrients like Manganese and Silicone, crucial for bone health, along with Vitamin K, C, B2, dietary fibre and folate. Scoring high on the antioxidant scale too, consuming green beans is beneficial to reduce the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, obesity, and keep the stress levels to a minimum low. This super veggie also boosts immunity and helps regulate and manage blood sugar levels.
With so many plus points, there is clearly no way why you won't include these fresh green beans in your diet. Grow fresh and enjoy the goodness!
Growing guide for Beans Seeds (White Seeds)
Beans can be planted in hills or rows and pole beans will grow on climbing vines. They need a trellis for support.
Do not start seeds indoors as they may not survive transplanting.
Prepare the planting bed by using a garden fork to loosen the soil. For rows, plant the beans at the same depth with spacing about 18-24 inches apart.
Once the seedlings begin to develop true leaves, the plants can be thinned to 6 inches apart. Mulch soil to retain moisture.
Do not rush your bean planting. Seeds planted too soon will be slow to germinate or rot, forcing you to replant again later.
Water regularly, from start of pod to set. Water on sunny days so foliage will not remain soaked.
Symptoms may include discoloration, deformation, or abscission, mine or eat holes in the foliage or directly attack the root of the crop. Common pests that attack this crop are
Mexican Bean Beetles
Bean blossoms will drop from the plant if the weather is too hot and too much nitrogen in the soil will prevent pods from setting.
The plants need well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 7. Sandy and silty loam soils are ideal for green beans, although they can grow in almost any soil type except heavy clay.
Bean plants require full sun, at least six hours of sunlight is required daily.
Seeds can be sown outdoors anytime after last spring frost, minimum soil temp is 8 degrees C (48 F).
how to harvest
Beans are picked at an immature stage, when they are young and tender and the seeds inside have not yet fully developed.
Look for firm, sizable pods and snap or cut off the plant. Do not tear the plant.
Store beans in a moisture-proof, airtight container in the refrigerator. Beans will toughen over time even when stored properly.
Beans can be kept fresh for about 4 days, or blanched and frozen immediately after harvesting.
Beans can also be canned or pickled.