Growing “Royal Burgundy” beans is a fun way to engage your kids in the garden. They are as sweet as sugar and look like grape juice. And, it’s a lot easier to pick purple beans than the green ones that blend in with the leaves. Royal Burgundy purple pods (5 inch long) contrast with the green foliage and look great in the garden.
This bean is absolutely gorgeous! Violet-purple outside and bright green inside. It is fun for kids to grow and has a great flavor.
One drawback is that purple beans tend to lose their color when you cook them. But that can be fun too. It’s like a built in timer that they’re done blanching. And,
These PURPLE beans, have EXCELLENT flavor, MORE flavor than any ‘green’ bean. Germination is good. I have NEVER seen ANY signs of disease, in 15 years. My parents have grown them for 30 years. These beans keep producing until frost kills them in the fall. You will NOT be disappointed !!
Beans prefer a rich, well-drained soil with a pH of around 6.0 to 6.8, so add plenty of organic matter before planting. Heavy amounts of fertilizers are not necessary for proper bean growth. Till the area and your seed bed will be ready for planting.
Plant beans after all danger of frost has passed and daytime temperatures have reached into the upper 60s. Sow seeds 2 to 3 inches apart. Lay theseeds on their side covering with 1 to 1 1/2 inches fine soil. Firm the soil over the seed.
Leave about 2 feet between rows or plant in wide rows sowing seeds 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions.When plants are 3 to 4 inches tall, thin 4 to 6 inches apart.
Beans grow best in a sunny location, where the soil is warm, loamy and lightly fertilized. Cultivate shallow and frequently until flowers appear. Avoid disturbing plants after that time, as it could cause the blossoms to fall off.
For continued harvest sow bush beans every two weeks until two months before first frost in fall. Water deeply by soaking soil.
One of the great things about beans is that they really don’t need much care or fuss at all.
Just keep the soil fairly moist and the weeds out. Because beans’ root systems are very shallow, take care not to cultivate too deeply. Better yet, apply a heavy mulch of grass clippings when the beans are about 6 inches tall and avoid weeding altogether.
Never work with or around bean plants when they are wet; this will cause rust to develop on the pods and can spread disease. So wait until plants are completely dry before handling.
Want to know more about growing beans? Go to the post titled” Organic Beans Fresh From Your Garden”
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Polly, Organic Gardener