Growing Beans

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 26, 2014)

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to grow green beans (and the other similar types of beans) in your garden? Generally, this is one of the main reasons that green beans, snap beans, and string beans are chosen by both veteran gardeners and beginners as a staple in their vegetable gardens. However, just because growing beans is easy, doesn't mean that you won't have to work at it a little. In order to get the best possible results from your beans, make sure that you follow these simple guidelines.

  • Light. Beans require a lot of light, so make sure that you are planted somewhere that they can receive full sunlight. This means that they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight everyday during their growing season.
  • Watering. Beans typically require watering each day, but it needs to be done carefully. The reason for this is that beans, for the most part, are only planted about one inch into the ground. If you overwater the plants too much, then you can end up washing away the soil and exposing the roots. The best bet for watering your growing beans is to use a slow seep system. An inexpensive method is to take a water hose, place a few holes in it, and turn the water on a low setting.
  • Soil requirements. To get the best possible results, your beans should be planted in a nice, dark rich soil that has pH rating of between 6.0 and 6.2. Do not allow the soil to become too compacted, and that it is a nice loose soil. Preferably, you should plant in a soil that has moderate drainage.
  • Mulching. The best way that you can protect your young beans, and ensure that they are protected from weeds, while also keeping their shallow roots moist, is to use some mulching. Place a layer of mulch that is between one inch and two inches deep around the plants. This will help to retain the moisture throughout the heat of the day, and prevent weeds from growing near the plants.
  • Pests. Unfortunately, beans are fairly susceptible to some pests. The most common pests that you will need to worry about are aphids and slugs. Keep an eye out for any infestations, and deal with them appropriately. The two most common diseases that beans are susceptible to are Angular Leaf Spot (indicative of over watering) and a bacterial blight called Anthracnose. The first can generally be treated with by correctly watering your beans, and using a fungicide; while the second can be treated by using a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 gallon water, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Mix thoroughly, and spritz on your plants using a spray bottle.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Stuffed Pork Chops

While pork chops can taste pretty good without a whole lot of effort, stuffed pork chops are something really special. ...

Discover More

Using a Slow Cooker Properly

Using a slow cooker properly is a fairly easy thing to do, if you follow a few simple guidelines. The first step to ...

Discover More

Getting Better Gas Mileage While Driving in Town

Getting better gas mileage, while driving in town is perhaps one of the best methods around for saving money during tough ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Identifying Cucumber and Zucchini Problems

Part of taking care of cucumber and zucchini plants is being able to recognize problems when they crop up. Identifying ...

Discover More

Must-Have Vegetable Garden Supplies

If you've ever planted a vegetable garden, then you know that regular maintenance is essential for growing vegetables ...

Discover More

Growing Potatoes

Potatoes are a great vegetable that can be used in many ways. If you want to grow your own potatoes, plant the seed in an ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)