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Bush Beans

Beans are the mainstay of the kitchen garden: both easy and rewarding. Store-bought can't compare with home-grown Beans; modest toil and small Bean patches yield large returns. Bush Beans abhor cold, damp soils. Wait to sow until soil has reliably warmed to 60°F or by the last frost date. Harvest straight to the kitchen at their optimal size for eating, usually when small.

Average seed life: 2-3 years.

Jade Green Bush Bean

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55-59 days. A classic green Bean of the finest quality, it has slender, rounded, 6" to 7" long, dark jade-green pods that are tender, sweet and absolutely delicious. We cannot rave enough about Jade Green: it is the new favorite of demanding market growers. It has a truly great taste; produces high yields of premium Beans; is disease-resistant and holds the Beans well off of the ground on large, upright, 24" tall bushes, thereby keeping the Beans clean and dry. Jade Green Bush Beans are perfect in make-it-from-scratch Green Bean casserole, a Thanksgiving classic. They are also wonderful in our impromptu summer Green Bean Salad. Blanche freshly harvested Beans, drain and bring to room temperature. In a large bowl, gently toss the Beans with finely sliced Red Onions, pitted Kalamata olives, cubes of Feta cheese, halved Sungold Cherry Tomatoes and red kidney Beans dressed with your favorite, zesty vinaigrette (you may top it with mandarin orange sections too if you like). Serve with a crusty baguette. (OP.)

One packet of about 150 seeds
Catalog #1215
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Availability: Out of stock


Gardening Tips

Just because legumes are known to improve the soil in which they grow, it does not mean that they needn't be planted in good soil themselves. This is especially true of Beans. If you dig in well-rotted manure at the time of planting, your bean plants will grow better, be more free from disease and give you a better yield.

Beans Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: 1"
Row Spacing: 18"-36"
Seed Spacing: 3"-4"
Days to Germination: 6-10 days
Germination Temperature: 60°-80°F

Beans love sun and well-draining, fertile soil. Plant Beans when the soil has warmed to 60°F and all danger of frost has passed. Amend the soil as needed with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-aged manure. Cool, wet weather may necessitate a second planting: bean seeds rot in cold, damp soil. After planting, do not water until the sprouts emerge, unless it is very hot and dry. After emergence, and throughout the season, avoid watering the foliage. Water as needed by soaking the soil around the Beans and fertilize with kelp or fish emulsion as needed.

For Pole Beans, provide support with rough poles, teepees, netting or a trellis. Harvest when the Beans are young, slim and on the small side for the best eating! It is vital to keep Beans picked regularly since seed formation slows and eventually halts production. Sow Bush Beans every 10 to 15 days until 2 months before the first frost date in the fall for continuous yields.

A mainstay of the kitchen garden, homegrown Beans outshine those that are store-bought in their delicious, just-picked flavor, crisp-tender texture and rich vitamin content.

Beans Show Their Colors
My favorite use for purple-podded Beans is to pick them while slim and tender, along with green and yellow ones, and arrange all three on a platter with a hummus dip.

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