The answer is yes, string beans are certainly an easy to grow vegetable.
In fact, they are one of the simplest vegetables to plant, making them a staple in every garden and the perfect way to begin your planting career.
With so many gardening books, tutorials and plants to choose from it can seem quite overwhelming to begin your planting adventures. What should I grow? How long will it take? Will it be hard?
Many people shy away from planting because of fear it will be too difficult, too messy or take too much time to maintain. Fortunately, none of these things are the case for the flavorful and delectable string beans.
You could, of course, just pick up string beans from your local grocery store but undoubtedly there is something rewarding and exciting about the idea of indulging in vegetables you have grown yourself. Sometimes you just need one simple plant to get yourself started.
Enter the string bean, the perfect crop to grow for beginners.
There are an abundance of bean types, the two most popular being the bush bean and the pole bean. You can pick which bean you would like to plant based off of how much time each one takes to grow and depending on how much space you may or may not have in your yard.
Let’s start with the bush bean. Bush beans grow wider rather than taller which resultantly takes up more space. While they may take up more space in your garden, they do not require a trellis as the beans lean on each other for support as they develop.
The bush bean grows quick, coming to life within 45 to 60 days. For someone looking to get results quicker, you may lean towards this bean type.
Pole beans are taller in height and their vines can grow to more than five feet. As a result, a trellis or another form of support is a necessity for these beans growth. If you don’t want to buy one, there are fun ways to build your own trellises that can make your garden look both tasty and also beautiful.
The pole beans may take more time than the bush bean, usually developing within 55 to 65 days.
While these are the two types of beans most people begin with, they are certainly not the only ones. Runner beans and yardlong beans are others you might find interesting to add to your garden once you have advanced your planting knowledge.
Now that you have chosen your bean, it is time to plant.
Beans grow best in warmer weather, so it is important to plant only after the last spring frost, once soil is no longer cold and wet. Aim to plant seeds only after the soil temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Closer to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is more ideal for a stronger growth.
Pick a spot to grow your seeds that has at least 8 hours of sunlight on average each day. Sunlight mixed with moderately fertile and well-drained soil will ensure strong string beans.
You can plant your seeds in garden beds and containers or even pots and planters. If you choose to use a pot or planter, ensure it is big enough to allow your seeds to grow. Instead of starting the growing process indoors, sow the seeds directly into the soil as they do not respond well to transplanting.
Sowing the seeds is the basis of growing string beans and this is where most of the work will be done to prepare for your string beans to come to life!
Begin by sowing the seeds of the beans in rows 1 inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart to allow for growth. If you are planting seeds that require a trellis, ensure it is in place prior to sowing so the plants roots will not be damaged.
Now that your beans are in the ground you can take a seat and watch your work come to life. Yes, it really was that simple.
All the string beans will require after sowing is regular watering and pulling of weeds. Water your plants about 2 inches per week. This is important as beans must have well-drained soil to prevent rotting and other harm.
Pull weeds regularly and try to pick them out before they grow too big. Pulling weeds that grew too large can actually harm your plant.
If you want your harvest to last all summer, sow bean seeds every two weeks. Keeping up with this will allow you to have a filled vegetable garden and an abundance of string beans always available.
Once your string beans are ready, snap or cut them off the plant. Do this regularly as the more string beans you pick off your plant, the more will grow in their place and the more you get to eat!
Pick the string beans when they are around 4 to 6 inches long and the inner beans are very small for a smoother taste. Although this is the most common, some individuals wait until the beans are more filled out to get beans with tougher skin. It is all about preference and you can try both to see which you like best. But, make sure to remove pods that are over-mature as they can decrease the harvest.
If you have never planted or gardened before, take a chance by starting with delicious string beans. Even an individual with limited space, little experience and a busy schedule can produce this delightful addition to any backyard and any meal. Knowing this, it is not hard to understand why string beans are grown in such abundance.
From a string bean salad to a baked casserole or just a midday snack, you will be proud to know the newest addition to your meals is a veggie you grew yourself. The low maintenance and easy to care for string beans really are the perfect vegetable to add to your yard.