How to successfully grow green beans, even with a brown thumb!

How to successfully grow green beans

The good thing about bush and Pole beans (more commonly called green beans) is, you don’t need to have a green thumb to be able to grow them. they're easy to grow, fairly hardy, and almost fool-proof!

How do you plant green bean?
Choose a sunny area and plant the beans ten to sixteen inches apart and a foot or two in between rows. If you choose to raise pole beans, you’ll have to leave lots of room for whatever contraption the plants will be climbing. make sure the soil has good drainage, and lots of compost mixed into it. Planting should begin once the soil has warmed up, so you don't need to worry about the frost killing your seedlings.

What pests likes to eat bean plants?
cutworms, leafminers, and Armyworms are some of the common caterpillars who enjoy munching on bean plants. cucumber beetles, Bean weevils, and stinkbugs like eating them too.

When to Harvest green beans?
Beans are typically harvested once the pods are still small and tender. If you wait till they are very big, they are usually rather tough. However, if you're planning on saving some seeds for next session, wait until the pods turn yellow. You’ll be able to shell the beans and save the seeds for next spring’s planting.

You can get more info from this book "The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden" This book has helped me become quite the accomplished gardener. t's got a lot of great information. It covers a lot of topics, And it's laid out clearly with illustrations and photos, which definitely helps if you're a novice gardener.

4 Essential Equipment's For Starting Seeds Indoors

Essential Equipment's For Starting Seeds Indoors

If you're a devoted gardener, buying flowers, veggies, and fruits as starts just doesn't feel right. You want to start your garden from scratch, which means starting your plants from seeds.

However you're going to need some seed starting gadgets if you are going to do it right.

Get kids interested in gardening: here's how to grow a pizza garden.

Pizza are almost the first on everyone’s list as a favorite food. Then why not have the fresh ingredients in your garden?

you'll be able to make a healthy pizza quicker than getting it delivered! This planting plan includes a combination of Italian herbs along side peppers and Roma tomatoes, the best variety for making the best pizza sauce.

Take inspiration from this planting guide. This set up allows for some adjustment depending on your taste. You can add a few more plants if the spacing allows.

Area one - Herbs and Onions
  1. Greek oregano
  2. Onions (we used Georgia Sweet)
  3. Rosemary
  4. Sweet basil
  5. Spicy Globe basil
  6. Italian parsley

Area two - Peppers and Tomato
  1. Banana pepper (Hot or Sweet, with cage or trellis)
  2. Roma tomato (with cage or trellis)
  3. Red Bell pepper (with cage or trellis)
  4. Bonnie’s Green Bell pepper (with cage or trellis)

You can get more info from this book "All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space" This book has helped me become quite the small space gardener. t's got a lot of great information. It covers a lot of topics, I was interested in, and it's laid out clearly with illustrations and photos, which definitely helps if you're a novice gardener.

Grow Your Own Produce for the Most Nutritious Smoothie Recipes Possible!

This one is highly biased to what you prefer to put in your smoothies. I’m going to list some common smoothie & juicing foods, but obviously, if you find that you buy something regularly for your smoothies that you can grow. Then add it to your planting list!

Did you know that you can use wood ash in the garden? Yes you can!

How to use wood ash in the garden:

Ash was used hundreds of years in agriculture. It recycles the nutrients back into the soil. It is often used as fertilizer but does not have nitrogen. It aids in the increase of the earths ph level which in exchange, aids in the growth of the plants. (But due to the continuous increase of the ph level, not all veg and fruit thrive from it. like potatoes).

It encourage the growth of plants that love calcium, like spinach, peas, avocados, tomatoes, vineyards, beans, garlic etc. Even rose bushes. you can add 1/4 cup of ash before you start planting.

It help Prevent frost damage to the plants in winter. if you add a layer of ash over them.

Plus animals hate ash. you can free your garden of insects and numerous parasites, like slugs and snails.

Problems with useing wood ash:

Wood ash is a useful by-product of bonfires, however there are a couple of things to avoid.

  • Avoid using an excessive amount of wood ash to not cause an excess in alkalinity in the soil.
  • Avoid using ash from treated wood as they may contain potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Avoid using wood ash in areas where potatoes are to be planted in the following spring, because too much alkaline can encourage potato scab.

For more info get this book "Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach" This book is a must to set you on the path to learning and maintaining the living soil system in your back yard. You will find that you opened a door for yourself into what is going on in Nature which will create a passion in you. Wonderful and well worth every penny spent.....thank you Elizabeth Murphy.