If you want a little garden fun this summer, try planting pole beans for your very own Jack-In-The-Beanstock show!
Planting pole beans is a great way to increase yields for fresh eating and preserving. Not to mention, it can be downright fun to watch the plants as they soar to the sky.
Pole beans can produce large amounts of produce. And because of their vertical growth, they can save on valuable garden space. Depending on the variety grown, vines can travel from 6 to 15 feet and more. And many can keep on producing right up until frost.
Planting Pole Beans
Pole beans prefer a nice, sunny location for optimum growth. Plant seeds 1″ deep, thinning germinated seeds to about 4″ between plants. Beans are quick to germinate, usually popping up through the ground in as little as 7 days.
When it comes to soil needs, beans are one of the most forgiving crops around. In fact, as a legume, they actually help to improve the soil they are planted in. They do this by fixing nitrogen levels in the soil, creating better growing conditions for the next crop to be grown in the space.
With pole beans, there is no need for additional fertilizing after planting. Mixing in a bit of compost at planting time is more than enough to provide plenty of nutrients for the entire growing season space.
What is extremely important when growing beans is providing plenty of support. Vines grow rapidly, and supporting them keeps the plant manageable and easy to harvest.
How you support them is up to you. A simple cattle panel or wire fence can work perfectly in the garden. If you want to fancy it up a bit, you can create totem pole trellis from bamboo or old sticks. They are also perfect to grow on fences or arbors. Not only do they look fantastic, they provide a lush area of shade underneath! Read on below for some great varieties to try in your backyard this year.
Planting Pole Beans – Great Varieties To Try
Kentucky Wonder – This long-time favorite heirloom pole bean has incredible flavor and production. Long 8 to 10 inch pods form in clusters to produce a big harvest! If they are picked young enough, they are actually string-free. Vines can grow 8 feet or longer, and are highly disease and pest resistant. Kentucky Wonder pole beans are also one of the fastest producers. They can be ready for harvest in as little as 65 to 75 days after planting. Seed Link : Kentucky Wonder
Blue Lake Pole Beans These fast maturing beans can be ready for picking in as little as 55 to 60 days! Blue Lakes are a white-seed bean that produces vines which grow up to 6 feet or more in length. With there high production levels, they are a great choice for those that enjoy canning. Seed Link : Blue Lake Pole Beans
Scarlet Runner is one of the prettiest varieties of pole beans you can grow. The foliage becomes filled with bright red blooms, creating a gorgeous focal point in the garden. Vines can grow 10 to 12 feet and are heavy producers. Seed Link : Scarlet Runner Seeds
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