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Grow Great Green Beans

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Welcome to the tender, slender, magical world of green beans! Remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? He sold his cow for a handful of magic beans and before he knew it, the beans had grown into the sky! (Rumor has it…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Green beans are grown, and eaten, the world over. With the Latin name Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean), green beans are also referred to as string beans, pole beans, and snap beans. Green beans are edible pod beans, as opposed to shelled beans, such as lima beans—you…  READ MORE right arrow
Green beans in the garden


Pole beans
There are two basic types of green beans: bush beans and pole beans. As you might expect, bush beans are low growing and pole beans need support and grow tall.   READ MORE right arrow
Green beans in open soil
Green beans thrive on sunshine and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Green beans aren’t too particular about their soil, though, so long as it’s warm enough above 50 degrees F when you plant, the soil is slightly acidic, and the plant can get six to eight hours of sunshine, you’re good to go.  READ MORE right arrow

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