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Growing beans requires planting them in full, hot sun, no matter the type of bean, and providing them with a trellis to grow on, as many bean plants are vines. Begin beans from the seed in the spring, when the ground is at least 55 degrees, with helpful... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow beans. Now there's many different types of beans, and no matter the variety, what they all have in common is that they like a full, hot, sunny spots, and pretty much all the same conditions. And there's really three categories of beans. There's the snap beans--like green beans--that you snap as soon as they're ready, and then you eat fresh or you can cook them. Then there's shell beans--like the lima bean--where you take it off as it's still green but barely turning brown, and then you dry it or eat it like that. And then there's the dry beans--like kidney beans--and you just let them go dry on the vine, and when they're completely dry they're ready to eat. So there's many different beans, but what they have in common is that they need full, hot sun and something to grow up onto because most of them are vines. So the best time to start your beans is by seed in the spring, whenever the ground is 55 degrees and warmer, so you don't want to start them too early or when it's middle of summer when it's too late and they don't have enough time to grow. And so, just start them right into the ground, whether by seed or, sometimes you can start them right by bean, and they'll grow a vine, and so you have to give them a string or a fence to grow up onto. They'll grow all summer up into that fence, and then they'll produce all types of beans summer through fall. So pick the beans off and then just cut them down to the ground again, and they're an annual so you have to start them again every year by seed. So there's many different beans, but what they have in common is that they like good composted organic soil with good drainage, and something to grab onto. And besides that, they're easy to grow. Besides giving them a sunny spot and a vine to grow up onto, there's really not a lot that you have to do. Water them, but let them dry out in between, and you can enjoy your beans all summer and fall.