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Grow Great Green Beans!

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Where to plant:

String beans are annuals and like sun, space and slightly acid, well-draining soil.

They can be planted in a garden bed or in a container. For container growing, make up or buy or create a good veganic potting mix and follow the directions below, growing one plant per one gallon pot.

Detailed Specs:

Sun: Full sun

Soil: Fertile, well-draining soil which is slightly acidic (about 6.0-6.2.)
If you’re a beginner, or if you don’t want to test your soil acidity, don’t worry too much about this aspect.

When: They can be planted throughout the year anytime after the danger of frost has passed and then up to 10-12 weeks before the next expected frost. They like warm soil above 65 degrees, although excessively high temperatures can weaken and damage plants.

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Main differences between pole and bush:

Pole:

Cons: Pole beans need a support for them to grow on, such a pole, fence or trellis. They also take longer to produce beans than the bush varieties.

Naturally, because pole beans grow up a vine, they must develop a vine before the plant begins to produce, meaning there is a longer duration between planting to harvest.

Pros: You can make creative structures for the pole beans to grow up. Once pole beans begin producing, they produce for longer than the bush varieties.

Bush:

Cons: They will not produce beans for as long as the pole varieties.

Pros: They are free standing and need no support structure to grow on.

Next: spacing and how to plant.

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5:18AM PDT on May 18, 2014

For the sake of our body and other living lives

4:01AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Thank you

12:19AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

tyvm...

8:32AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:26AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

I never have any luck with feggie gardens. Too many pests and diseases!

12:35PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

thnx for this

10:22PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

thanks

9:49AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Green beans are great!

1:46AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

the wildlife love them

7:58AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Ty

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