Rough draft 4/7/2022
Green beans are a family favorite on the dinner table or with a casserole dish. We as a family enjoy green beans with beef stroganoff. Green beans are popular in a vegetable garden, too. A lot of gardeners and farmers believe that green beans are easy to grow and yield more than plenty when harvesting.
Planting and Care
They can be planted in spring once the danger of frost is not in the forecast, usually between the months of April and May. Green beans are available in both bush bean and pole bean varieties. Unless your region has extremely hot weather, you can plant green beans every two weeks to enjoy a continuous harvest that lasts until the first few weeks in August.
Green beans grow their best in soil that drains well when provided with plenty of sun and heat. Prep the area where you’ll plant green beans by tilling the soil to a depth of eight to 10 inches, then raking the soil several times to break up any clots or clumps that may be present.
If you’re growing a bush type of green beans, seeds should be planted an inch deep and positioned with one to two inches of space between them in rows between two and a half and three feet apart. Pole bean types of green beans should be planted by having three feet of space between them. Insert a six- to eight-foot stake in the middle of each hill so the beans have something to climb. Then plant three to four seeds around the stake, about an inch deep. A trellis net is also a great surface for the beans to grow up on vertically. When harvesting the beans they may have a fuzzy feel to them but once they are rinsed and cooked the fuzzy feel goes away and the skins can become very soft. Once picked off of the vine, in most cases you’ll need to pick the top off and some also snap the bottom peak off too, it just depends how you like them.
Canning or freezing beans are a great way to preserve your abundance. They can keep well either way to enjoy at a later date.
You’ll also notice the green beans will be ready to harvest when they are at least 4 inches long lined up in a row. They can be anywhere from 4-7 inches long and use the guideline as the width of a pencil for their girth.. Garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper are all fantastic additions to make your green beans taste fresh and delicious. The traditional way to serve green beans is after steaming the beans until the texture is soft. When serving add a little butter,salt, and pepper to taste.