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I keep mentioning shell beans, dried beans, or some call them soup beans, because they’re easy to forget about growing in our vegetable gardens. I know, I plant fresh green beans, and I tend to forget about growing soup beans. Most varieties of shell beans can be dried right on the vine. And in some ways, doesn’t that sound easier than managing the succession planting of fresh green beans?

Check out this article from Mother Earth News on growing shell beans. Beans covered in this article are: adzuki beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, fava beans, great northern beans, lima beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, scarlet runner beans, and soybeans. So, don’t forget about these shell beans in your vegetable garden, or you’ll be missing out.

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It seems like we forget about black beans. That is, when it comes to vegetable gardening. Plant beans in your garden. Sure! But do you remember to plant Black Turtle Beans, or do you automatically think about green snap beans?

Here’s more information on growing black beans! But, are you sick of eating black bean burritos? Is that possible? Try this wonderful black bean recipe: black bean feta mint salad. Serve chilled with tortilla chips, or even over lettuce. Now, imagine if those black beans and mint were grown in your little vegetable garden out back.

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Scarlett Runner Beans are a big favorite in home vegetable gardens. Folks fall in love with the red blooms! Ok, so do hummingbirds. And to be honest, I get why they are a favorite. They really do bring a burst of color into a green garden, and look great climbing over a backyard fence. You can, also, see Scarlet Runner Beans used in a lot of edible landscaping.

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These beans must be cooked, and are poisonous if not! See dangerous beans. The pod can be eaten early on, when it’s tender. Then they get a little tough, but you can just shell out the inside bean seed.

Scarlet Runner Beans are easy to grow, and they’ll do well in your vegetable garden or backyard. Make sure the soil has a neutral pH by for these guys, and that is doesn’t get too hot. Not like you can pop air conditioning on them, but you just won’t get as many beans when it’s hot. For the pH, just add some compost to the soil before planting and the bean plants should be fine.

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