Learn all facets of growing French Beans / Yard Beans in an urban organic garden


GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. IN THE BACKGROUND YOU CAN SEE LUSH GREEN VINE
OF BEANS. THESE ARE GREEN BEANS. GREEN BEANS ARE THE UNRIPE, YOUNG FRUIT AND
PROTECTIVE PODS OF VARIOUS VARIETIES OF THE COMMON BEAN. THEY ARE ALSO KNOWN AS FRENCH BEANS, SNAP
BEANS AND SNAPS. IT’S AN ANNUAL PLANT, WHICH MEANS THAT IT
FINISHES ITS LIFE CYCLE IN ONE YEAR. THEY ARE DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE MANY OTHER
VARIETIES OF BEANS BECAUSE GREEN BEANS ARE HARVESTED AND CONSUMED WITH THEIR PODS CLOSED,
BEFORE THE BEAN SEEDS INSIDE HAVE FULLY MATURED. FRENCH BEANS PREFER LIGHT SOIL, BUT CAN BE
GROWN IN HEAVY CLAY SOIL IF ENOUGH ORGANIC MATTER IS THERE IN THE SOIL. YOU SHOULD SOW IN MAY AND TAKE CARE TO WATER
WELL IN DRY WEATHER DURING AND AFTER THE FLOWERING. THE BEANS WILL GROW UP TO BECOME GOOD PLANTS
IN AROUND 8 – 12 WEEKS. BE CAREFUL SLUGS MAY ATTACK YOUNG PLANTS AND
SOMETIMES THE YOUNG PODS. THEY CAN BE EATEN RAW OR STEAMED, BOILED,
STIR-FRIED, OR BAKED. THEY ARE COMMONLY COOKED IN DISHES SUCH AS
SOUPS, STEWS AND CASSEROLES. GREEN BEANS ARE CLASSIFIED BY GROWTH HABIT
INTO TWO MAJOR GROUPS, BUSH OR DWARF BEANS AND POLE OR CLIMBING BEANS. BUSH BEANS ARE SHORT PLANTS, GROWING TO NOT
MORE THAN 2 FEET IN HEIGHT, OFTEN WITHOUT REQUIRING SUPPORTS. WHEREAS POLE BEANS HAVE A CLIMBING HABIT AND
PRODUCE A TWISTING VINE, WHICH MUST BE SUPPORTED, GUESS WHAT ? OBVIOUSLY, POLES. WE HAVE GROWN POLE BEANS here. INDIA IS THE THIRD LARGEST PRODUCER IN THE
WORLD AFTER CHINA AND INDONESIA. THE GREEN BEAN POD CONTAINS 4 TO 6 SEEDS,
WHICH ARE PALE GREEN IN COLOUR, SOFT AND ARE SHAPED LIKE A KIDNEY. THE MOST POPULAR WAYS TO PREPARE GREEN BEANS
ARE STEAMING, SAUTÉING OR STIR-FRYING, AND BAKING THEM IN CASSEROLES. YOU CAN COOK BEANS WITH HERBS LIKE PARSLEY,
THYME AND GARLIC TO BRIGHTEN THEIR FLAVOUR. GREEN BEANS, WHEN EATEN RAW, ARE MILDLY TOXIC. NEVERTHELESS, YOU CAN STILL TOSS RAW BEANS
IN YOUR SALAD OR EAT THEM FRESH FROM THE GARDEN. COOKING WILL BREAK DOWN THE TOXINS AND RENDER
THE BEANS SAFE TO EAT. GREEN BEANS HAVE A LOT OF FIBRES, VITAMIN
A, C, FOLATE, MAGNESIUM AND POTASSIUM. THEY ARE ALSO VERY LOW IN FAT AND CONTAIN
ANTIOXIDANTS. THE COMBINATION OF THESE NUTRIENTS HELPS PREVENT
DIABETES, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES AND CANCER. HOPE I’VE ENLIGHTENED YOU A BIT ABOUT THIS
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