Vegetables and Fruit forum: First time growing Bush Beans

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Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 26, 2017 10:49 PM CST
I got a pack of 6 plants at Green Thumb today... Can someone offer me advice on how to plant/grow them?
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Apr 27, 2017 6:46 AM CST
About the easiest thing to grow, but 6 plants won't give you much. Put them in good soil 3-6 inch spacing and watch them grow. If you are into containers, you could put all 6 of them in a 5 gallon pot. They are not heavy feeders.
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Apr 27, 2017 7:03 AM CST
We like bush style green beans for ease of growing habit and harvest. Here we plant in rows like Dillard only not quite so many. Usually two rows about twenty feet long...however many seeds in a package. I have never seen green beans sold as plants since they do not like to be transplanted. With your growing season it is better to direct sow. They germinate quickly and will begin producing in a few weeks.

We like Blue Lake Bush, but there are many tasty varieties available.
Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 27, 2017 8:36 AM CST

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This is what I got. I live in a condo and am limited on space. It may not give me much, true, but enough for myself. The 2 areas that I was thinking of are- area up against my house that has the sun beating down on it all day (36" L x 18" W) or an area that has shade certain times of the day (38" L x 28" W) that is next to yellow crooknecks. Which is better, and I'm guessing they don't need a trellis or cage?
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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Apr 27, 2017 9:21 AM CST
If your garden spot has some rich soil then you could plant these on a 6" or 7" grid pattern. Naturally, six plants will only fill a small area of your plot. What you could do is buy a small packet of bean seeds and plant them in the remainder of the space...

<_____18"_____>
_p___p___p___
___p___p___p_
_s___s___s___
___s___s___s_
_s___s___s___
etc...

(s=seed, p=plant)

Just a thought. :)
Ed
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crazypetunias
Apr 27, 2017 10:06 AM CST
They like full sun. They will not do as well in the shade of your squash plants.
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ChefDebbie
Apr 27, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Thank you, Ed. My soil is clay like, was going to mix this Amend in the soil first. So, I could plant 2 rows- each row with 3 plants each, 3-4 inches apart and 10-12 inches between each row?
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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Apr 27, 2017 11:34 AM CST
I wouldn't leave that much room between the "rows". Come in from the edge of the bed 3"-4 " to give the beans room on that side and plant a row. Kind of kick this row to one side a little bit. When you plant the next row shift these plants in the opposite direction so as to offset/stagger them from the first row as depicted in my diagram above. Space them roughly 6" from each other in all directions. This will take up about half of your planting space. Plant something shorter in front of them.

I'm not too sure about your amendment. Check it and be sure it's not real "woody". Sometimes in a small garden area in a residentially developed area the topsoil has been scraped away leaving clay and builders debris. Sometimes it is good to simply dig out the clay and replace with a good garden/potting soil mix...this way the soil has better structure and the pH is most likely much better. Moisten some of the clay and roll it into a "rope" between your hands....then squeeze it with your fingers and see if it crumbles or just "squishes"...if you can form out a long "rope" and it doesn't readily crumble then you do have some very clayey soil. Adding organic material is always good, but you don't want any chunky, woody stuff for that small area...you want something that is soft, crumbly, and smells good and earthy. Apparently you live in a metro area (condo) so you local street and sanitation department may have a composting program where you could get some really nice compost....it might do to check around...it wouldn't take but a few buckets or bags. ;)

Best wishes,
Ed
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Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 27, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Got it. The stuff I got is kinda stinky and says it was good for conditioning clay soil. Think I'll return that and do what you suggested. Thank you kindly.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 27, 2017 2:00 PM CST
I've never seen beans sold as started plants, either ... but I do start my own that way, several weeks before I want to plant them. Something was chomping off the growing tip of too many of my seed-planted beans, putting them in as plants has avoided that problem. Debbie, just try to keep most of the soil intact when you plant them -- but even when the soil ball has fallen apart on mine they've usually done fine.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 27, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Another thought, maybe for future reference or even for this year, is that you could grow pole beans in the same amount of space; you could make a "teepee" with something like bamboo poles in a large container and plant the pole beans around it. You could even put the bush beans in between the pole beans that are growing up the poles. Smiling
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Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 28, 2017 1:24 AM CST
That's pretty easy to build. Just hope the slugs don't eat them before I do... So, I used crushed eggshells around the base of the plants.
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Gymgirl
Apr 28, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Here's a 2x8' row of Contender Bush Green Beans in my raised bed. They're @ 18 days today...
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Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 29, 2017 6:41 AM CST
I love how that photo looks pretty & functional too! I bet you'll have lots of tasty beans from them.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 29, 2017 12:53 PM CST
They sell beans as plants at the local nurseries here in the spring. I just get seed as beans are about the easiest thing to start from seed as I can think of.

Debbie you might want to get a package of bush bean seeds next time you visit the nursery. Mid season after the ones are done for you will want to replant in the same spot. Bush beans don't have that long of a harvest season and need to be replaced after they peter out.
Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
Apr 29, 2017 10:50 PM CST
All very valuable information... Thanks all!

Rita, I'll definitely pick up some seeds.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 30, 2017 8:35 AM CST
ChefDebbie said:All very valuable information... Thanks all!

Rita, I'll definitely pick up some seeds.


You will be happily surprised at how easy it is to grow them from seed. Direct sow where you want them to grow.

People that want a constant supply of bush beans to harvest succession plant. Maybe every three to four weeks. If course that means you need more room.

But they can easily be grown in a pot or container so that might be another option,
Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Jun 20, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Debbie, how are your beans doing?

Gymgirl/Linda, those bean plants in your picture are *really* nice looking. Wish mine had looked like that at 18 days...Nice growing!!!
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