By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Bush beansare among the most popular additions to the home vegetable garden. Deliciousbush beans are not only easy to grow, but are able to thrive when planted insuccession. Both hybrid and open pollinated varieties offer growers a plethoraof choices. Selecting beans that are well suited to your own growing regionwill help to ensure abundant harvests. One variety, ‘Bountiful’ bush bean, isespecially prized for its vigor and dependability.
Dating back to the late 1800s, Bountiful heirloom beans havebeen grown for their uniformity and ability to produce a profusion of pods.Maturing in as little as 45 days from planting, Bountiful bush beans are anexcellent choice for both early and late season plantings in the vegetablegarden.
Though somewhat lighter in color, Bountiful bush bean podsoften reach 7 inches (17 cm.) in length over the course of an extended harvestperiod. Large harvests of stringless, robust pods make them ideal for canningor freezing.
Growing Bountiful green beans is similar to growing othergreen bean cultivars. The first step will be to obtain the seeds. Due to thepopularity of this variety, it is likely that it can be easily found at localnurseries or garden centers. Next, growers will need to choose the bestplanting time. This can be done by determining the last frost date in your growing zone. Bountiful bush beans should not beplanted into the garden until all chance of frost has passed in the spring.
To begin sowing Bountiful heirloom beans, prepare a weed-freegarden bed that receives full sun. When planting beans, it is best that the large seeds are directly sown into thevegetable bed. Plant seeds according to the package instructions. Afterplanting the seeds roughly 1 inch (2.5 cm.) deep, water the row thoroughly. Forthe best results, soil temperatures should be at least 70 F. (21 C.). Beanseedlings should emerge from the soil within one week of planting.
When growing Bountiful green beans, it will be importantthat growers do not apply excess nitrogen. This will result in lush green beanplants that are large, yet set very few pods. Overfertilization, as well as alack of consistent moisture, are among the most common reasons fordisappointing yields of green bean pods.
Bountiful bush bean pods should be picked frequently toprolong the harvest. Pods can be harvested after reaching mature size, butbefore the seeds inside become too large. Overly mature pods become tough andfibrous, and may not be suitable for eating.
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This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.
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Green beans are a moderately simple crop to grow in the summer and fall, and will provide healthy, tasty food for you and your family. They're best grown in USDA hardiness zones 3-10. The beans are sensitive to cold or other unsuitable conditions, and should be watered daily. You can grow both bush and pole varieties under the same basic conditions. Bush beans take less time to mature than pole beans do, but pole beans are often more visually impressive.