How to grow beans

Growing beans in the garden is simple. They are prolific and easy to grow. Beans are a great addition to any garden. Learn how to grow beans and add them to your garden. Keep reading to learn how to grow beans in Arizona. 

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Understand the different types of beans:

  • Bush beans grow lower to the ground and yield one larger crop all at once followed by a smaller harvest a few weeks later. Planting bush beans every two weeks will ensure a continuous supply. Try varieties like dragon tongue and gold rush which are not readily available in supermarkets.
How to grow beans in Arizona
  • Pole beans are grown on a trellis, and one planting provides a steady yield all season long. Look for stringless varieties like Kentucky wonder and rattlesnake.
How to grow beans in Arizona
Kentucky wonder pole beans climbing a trellis
  • Yardlong beans tolerate heat and humidity better than snap bean varieties. Try varieties such as asparagus beansnake beans or Chinese long bean. These are very fun to grow, kids love seeing how long the beans get in the garden.
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How to plant beans

  • Bean seeds do best when sown directly into the soil.
  • Plant seeds 1 inch deep, and space them 2 inches apart.
  • Growing beans should sprout in 5 to 10 days.
  • Like many other garden plants, beans need plenty of sun to grow properly.
  • Keep soil moist and well-drained for happy beans.
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When to plant beans in Arizona

  • Plant snap beans (bush and pole type) from March 15 through April and again from July 15 through mid-September
  • Lima beans can be planted from March 15 through April 15
  • Plant yardlong beans from March 15 through July 15
  • Pinto beans can be planted with the monsoons at the end of July

Companion plants for beans

Good companion plants for growing beans include carrots, cauliflower, marigolds, corn and celery.

Beans planted near any member of the onion family will inhibit the growth of both.

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Harvesting and using beans

Harvest beans when they are small and tender. As beans mature they lose flavor and the pods begin to bulge with seeds. This signals to the plant to stop producing.

Most beans do not store well; once picked, use them as soon as possible. Rinse with water and store in the fridge if not using them right away. Beans are delicious raw (when picked young) or cooked. Beans are high in vitamins A, B and C, as well as calcium and iron.

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Ingredients

Directions

Snap the stem ends of the green beans, or cut them off in a big bunch with a knife if you’d prefer.

Melt the bacon grease in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for a minute. Then add the green beans and cook until the beans turn bright green, about a minute. Add the chicken broth, chopped red pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid, leaving the lid cracked to allow steam to escape. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the beans are fairly soft, yet still a bit crisp, 20 to 30 minutes. You can add more chicken broth during the cooking process, but don’t be afraid to let it all cook away so the onions and peppers can start to caramelize.

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3 comments on “Growing Beans in the Garden”

  1. Hi Angela,

    I planted bush beans couple months ago. They started growing to about 3-4 inches tall and then started dying. Is it a watering issue? I’m on a drip system, 1gph drip line. How deep does my soil need to be (if it is a drainage issue). It’s been two years like this, it’s frustrating. I tried growing them in different area of the garden, same issue. Thank you for your advice.

    • Where are you located? It may be a timing issue. Here in the low desert, we have an early spring planting of beans and a fall planting, but summer’s heat is too much for them.

  2. Yori Cahui yardlong finally decided to bloom. this is a first. Usually they’re in bloom most of the summer (Zone 9 A, San Pedro valley) despite harsh winds. This year was odd, tho, and most didn’t start to vine till after the first monsoon rain. White Tepary are giving a lot of dry beans now, and starting to bloom again. Just planted the bush beans, and tomorrow will try, again, to get scarlet runners to produce. They like the cool weather, and seem to thrive in it, but if frosts are too hard, erk. Some frost, no problem and many of the roots resprout in late spring.

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