Beans: How to Grow Them and More

Don’t Know Beans About Beans?

Beans are one of the oldest cultivated foods on the planet. Some type of bean — or bean relative — is native to every continent except Antarctica (and in all fairness to beans, what grows there anyway?) It’s not difficult to grasp why people all over the world began cultivating them — they are very adaptable, fast-growing, relatively easy to store for long periods and loaded with nutrition that’s hard or impossible to get reliably elsewhere.


Another great thing about beans is that they produce their own fertilizer. Beans are a legume, and have symbiotic bacterial colonies that change nitrogen in the air to solid forms in the ground. Now, this doesn’t mean they can grow with nothing added, but it does help save on fossil fuel-based nitrogen fertilizers.

This site provides a few essentials about beans:

1. Health benefits of beans

2. A quick overview of bean varieties

3. The planting and culture of beans

4. Common pests and diseases of beans and effective control measures

5. Other types of beans

6. Tips on preparing and eating beans

7. Strange stuff about beans

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Shava Levine 06.13.09 at 7:10 am

I would like to learn about bean pods growing, which varities are good for edible pods

carolyne Masava 10.16.09 at 10:12 am

How long does it take for beans to mature?

Glo 12.29.09 at 4:04 pm

Will growing beans with a magnet in its pot enhance its growth speed?

Phil CRAWFORD 01.12.10 at 7:48 am

I would appreciate some advice, thank you.
Iplanted a packet of yellow climbing beans and now the beans are fully grown and produceing purple flowers, dark green leaves,and the beans are long,yellow and very flat,not like normal beans round.
What is the reason for the flat shape,thanks for any info.
Phil Crawford.

Rachel 06.06.10 at 5:18 am

I planted my peas and beans at the same time and the peas are coming up and look healthy the beans have not come up at all. What could be the reasons? This is my first time planting these seeds.

M O'Malley 06.26.10 at 8:40 pm

I am growing climbing green beans. They are about 6 ft. tall with a lot of green leaves but still have no flowers. About how long does it take for the plants to start flowering? It is my first time growing them so maybe I am being too impatient……..thankyou…..M. O’Malley

K. Ramunno 07.17.10 at 11:11 pm

Do beans needs steaks to grow up like vines? I plant yellow beans and they are laying on the ground and not growing very well. Any advice to help improve them.

evelion dezah 08.28.10 at 1:17 am

my beans made me hae to replant severl times the soil was sandy and also dark but they wernt very rooted in im going to try to grow th root vine first o they reach more potential nutrient.

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