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There are basically two types of beans- bush beans and pole beans. All beans are easy to grow.

Bush beans are compact plants that grow and produce beans quickly, they yield well – most

This shows just how high pole beans can grow so read the packet carefully
This shows just how high pole beans can grow so read the packet carefully

of the crop comes at once. They don’t need anything to climb on. Depnding on the variety they are usually ready to pick 8-10 weeks following planting directly into the soil where you want them to grow.

Pole Beans are climbing varieties which need something to grow up. They produce their flowers, and therefore, beans more slowly than bush beans. They produce over a longer period often until frost comes. They take 10 – 12 weeks following planting in the spot where you want them to grow.

Tips:  Don’t work around plants when wet. Keep beans picked for continuous bearing; shell mature beans and use as dried beans.

Varieties will vary from country to country. I have given some varieties so you get an idea of what to look for.

Asparagus yardlong beans
Asparagus Yardlong Beans

Asparagus Yardlong

This is an easy to grow very vigorous climbing bean.

You’ll get lots of slender, long pods that are best picked when less than 18 inches long. It has a delicious, nutty flavor steamed, stir-fried or sauted. It’s easy to grow and has no serious pests or diseases.
Takes about 80 days from when you plant the seeds. Plant in full sun where you want them to stay thin them to about 6 inches apart once they come up. The plants will grow about 18 inches wide. The plants will grow up to 9 feet so make sure you have something for them to climb up.

Venice Beans

Sturdy bush plants. High yielding variety that are best when the flat pods are   5-6″ long the flat pods load up onto squat 16″ tall plants in just 55 days! They are resistant to the Bean Common Mosaic Virus. Plants grow to about 12 inches wide. Direct sow then thin plants to about 6 inches apart.

Soy Beans

  • Chiba Green
Early harvests of large, deep-green, flavor-packed pods. The plants are well adapted.
They have a bush habit growing to 24-30 inches and mature 60 to 70 days after planting. Sow directly into the soil then thin to 6 inches beans are 2-3 inches in length.
  •  Midori Giant

These bush variety plants grow 20 -24 inches high and about 18 inches wide. This is the biggest soybean available to home gardeners. Sow directly into the soil and then thin to 18 inches.   They reach maturity 70 -80 days afer planting and are super producers with 2-3 buttery seeds per pod. Lightly steam beans, add a hint of salt and enjoy as Edamame, a delicious, nutritious snack. Tall, sturdy, well-branched plants. Fruit size is 2 to 3 inches.


Dwarf French bean produces twice as long as most beans.

This dwarf French bean has a sweet, nutty flavour that will produce over a longer period than most bush beans.or is sweet, nutty and delicious. The miracle is how the slender, 7″ stringless filet beans keep coming and coming. Will produce about 55 days following planting. The plant is only about 15 inches high and about 10 inches wide. Thin to 6 inches. The beans are about 6- 8 inches long.

Big Kahuna Beans
Big Kahuna Beans

Big Kahuna

This is a bush bean that yeilds a good harvest of crisp, flavorful, beans that are up to 11 inches. Beans will be produced about 57 days following direct palnting. The plants are about 24 inches high and 18 inches wide

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This bean beat all others in our taste tests held by burpee gardening.

Eureka Beans
Eureka Beans
 This is a bush bean that produces straight 5-6″ bright yellow beans that are exceptionally tasty and appear in abundance atop tidy 12-15″ plants. Thay will produce beans about 55 following planting. The plants will grow about 10 inches wide. Thin to about 6 inches.

Monte Gusto

Yellow wax pole bean which has good flavor and continues to produce throughout the season.

The beans will be produced 70-80 days following planting the plant height is about 45-70 inches and they spread about 25 inches. The beans are about 8 inches.

Lazy Housewife

This pole bean is thought to be the first stringless bean. It’s not so flattering name is derived from the fact that it is stringless and so doesn’t need to be destringed and so was much less work to prepare. They are harder to get than other beans but I thought they deserve a mention because they are the oldest and have such an interesting name.

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