Beans are enormously varied. You have green beans, wax beans, yellow beans, lima beans, pinto beans and various other beans. There are so many choices in the feed catalogs that it is hard to know what to plant. For detailed instructions, you can see my article on planting beans. Here are the facts you need to know and the cultivars that grow best in Hunt County.
- when to plant: after all danger of frost has passed, usually the first two weeks of April
- depth of planting: 1 inch
- spacing of plants inside row: 1-2 inches
- spacing of rows: 3 feet
- time to harvest: varies from 50 to 104
- fertilizing: Use 2 to 3 pounds of 10-20-10 fertilizer per ten foot of row. It is best to spread this before planting, then work it into the top 3 to 4 inches of soil. Once the plants begin to have beans, put an additional 1/2 cup per ten foot of row and leave it on the surface. It should be placed between the rows, then watered in.
cultivars for Hunt County:
|Cultivar||Days to Harvest|
|Black Turtle (heirloom)||104|
|Dwart French Tendergreen||55|
|Florida Speckled Pole||85|
|King of the Garden Pole||90|
|Sieva or Carolina||80|
Lots of beans to chose from. Hopefully you will find something interesting to plant in this list. Good luck with your gardening.
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