Learning The Best Time To Plant
Apparently, March is a great time to plant many kinds of seeds… But the three I am writing about today are Beans… You do not want to plant just any kind of beans you want to plant the ones that will do the best at this time of year…
For More Than 8 Years
Since the first spring after moving to Coolidge, Arizona, I have been trying to grow food in my backyard. 8 years later, I am still learning when I should be planting beans… Not just any beans but three beans that do well when planted now.
Snap Green Beans
Out of all the beans that I could grow, I think that I miss my favorite variety Snap Green Beans the most, the Blue Lake Pole or Bush Bean. Look for a place in your garden that gets full sun to plan Snap Green Beans… Some early varieties mature in just 48 days. For heirloom beans look for the Blue Lake Pole Bean… Plant Snap Green Beans March 15th Thorugh April 15th…
What I Know About Snap Green Beans
They taste good. They freeze well. I like to keep some in my freezer for times when I don’t have fresh vegetables. They are great in Green Bean Casserole… They are good raw or lightly cooked. They fix nitrogen in the soil, but not as much as other legumes so be sure to include some fertilizer with nitrogen for healthy Snap Green Beans.
I love eating lima beans but have yet to actually grow any of my own, maybe this will be the year. Today I created a few new beds, and once again planted some. I think that I must have planted them on time now,,, The Unversity of Arizona Cooperative Extension Calendar shows that they can be planted till April 1st… Yippie… I have a few seeds left if I can find some more room… 🙂
What I Know About Lima Beans
They taste good when green sauteed in butter… They are also called Butter Beans… Lima beans like most Beans, Peas & Lentils are Legumes… They need a soil temperature of 65 degrees for the seeds to germinate. They come in two varieties, pole or bush beans.
Also known as Asparagus Beans, Snake Bean, Chinese Long Bean… These are known to do well when planted starting around March 15th – July 1st. You have plenty of time to get them into the ground. You can easily succession plant with that length of planting window…
What I Have Learned About Yardlong Beans
Yardlong Beans grow on vines, are sold abundantly in most Asian food markets, and can be found in some Farmers Markets… They look and taste a lot like any other green bean, but do not handle water well. Green Beans can be cooked in a pot of water, but not Yardlong Asparagus Beans, if you try to cook them in water they will quickly become waterlogged… The best way to cook them is to stir-fry them in a little oil…
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