Beans picked straight from your garden taste sensational, young beans are sweet, and tender, and are used in many ways. Beans are quite simple and easy to grow just follow these steps and you won’t need to buy any more overpriced beans from the supermarket.
Varieties Of Beans
Currently the world genebanks hold about 40,000 bean varieties, although only a fraction are mass-produced for regular consumption. If you’re having trouble picking out some beans to grow in your garden, here are some recommended varieties to grow:
‘Blue Lake‘- This French, climbing Blue Lake produces green, tender, medium-sized beans. Sow in April, and harvest June-October.
‘Sprite‘- This high-yielding, French, dwarf Sprite produces mid-green, stingless beans. Sow mid-spring, and harvest 8-15 weeks after planting.
‘Lady Di‘- This runner bean, Lady Di produces green, 30cm long pods, with excellent taste, and texture. Sow in early spring, and harvest when pods are 25-30 cm long.
‘Bergold’- This French, dwarf Bergold produces bright yellow, excellent tasting pods that grow up to 12-13cm. Sow im mid-spring, and harvest in 10-14 week after planting.
How To Grow Beans
Sow beans outside in your garden shortly after the last frost in spring. To start early on the season, sow indoors as early as 3-4 weeks before the average last frost date, then transplant the plant outside a couple of weeks after the last frost. Beans grow best from temperatures 15-21°C, they will not release pods if temperature is higher than 26°C. In mild-winter regions, beans can be sown in autumn for winter harvest.
Grow beans in full sun, 8 hours of sun or more each day, well-drained, organic soil. beans prefer a slightly acidic soil, pH of 6-6.8, and avoid soil which is high in nitrogen; these beans will produce more foliage, and fewer beans.
Plant the bean seed 1-2 inches deep, 3-6 inches apart, the minimal soil temperature in the garden is 10°C. Beans will germinate in 8-10 days at 21°C, keep soil evenly moist, water regularly. Set poles, stakes, or trellises before planting beans, they will be useful to support the beans.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Beans are extremely rich in nutrients, they contain vitamins C, A, K, E, B-6, B-1, and B-3. Minerals– calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. They also help support your metabolism, bone health, promotes wound healing, and are great for your skin, hair, and nails. Beans are loaded with antioxidants preventing radical damage which can lead to cancer. in addition beans serve as a great detox and help rid your body from unwanted toxins.
How To Add To You Diet
Beans are easy to add to your diet, you just need to be a little bit creative. Try pesto pasta with potatoes, and beans, chicken wraps, curry, shepherds pie with beans, parmesan chicken with beans. You can have beans in salads, soups, stews, smoked, crispy beans with dips, and can also eat them by themselves, equally delicious.