How to Grow Bean Plants
Green ones, yellow ones, purple ones who knew there was magic in a bucket of beans? Learn how to grow bean plants in your home garden with this step-by-step guide.
- Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
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7. Secure your plants.
Tie the plant stems to plant stakes or twiggy branches to stop them from falling over. Use a figure-eight loop so the stems don’t rub against the supports. Keep well watered.
8. Check under the leaves for aphids (also known as plant lice).
Remove them by wrapping tape around your fingers (sticky side out) and rubbing them off, or spraying them with water to knock them off.
9. Pick the beans.
Wait until they're about 4 inches (10 cm) long, before they mature and become too tough to eat. This also encourages more to grow.
To get seeds for next year, leave one or two beans to over-mature before picking. Then let them dry out and split.
Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books
Actually a vetch, this cool-weather crop matures in early summer, when other beans are just getting started.