Growing Beans: “Royal Burgundy”

by Polly

70029jpgGrowing “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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Yours truly for a great garden with outstanding  berries,  herbs, veggies and flowers.

Polly, Organic Gardener

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn May 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm

These are so beautiful! I have a tiny balcony 4 flights up, but I want to try these beans! So if I live where there’s no frost, will they just keep on growing?

Tom Lawler July 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Anyone who has kids interested in a garden should plant royal burgundy beans! I planted a 20 foot row, and the germination rate was high, and we are now harvesting tons. They are “majic”; purple when you pick them, and then turning emerald green when you cook them!

Tom Lawler July 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

The Story of Royal Burgundy Beans

Back in the 15th century, the Duke of Burgundy, who was known to love his vegetables and especially his green beans, called in his “wizard” (a noted philosopher) and his royal gardener to discuss vegetables. The Duke noted that while he loved green beans, the beans he was served were no different from the beans being eaten by peasants. “Surely,” he told his wizard and royal gardener, “you two could work together to develop a bean that was suited to royalty!” The wizard and royal gardener, clearly seeing that the Duke would not take no for an answer, told the Duke that they would see what they could do.

The wizard and royal gardener worked together, finding every variety of bean they could, and worked tirelessly to develop cross-strains of various beans. The work took long, there were many false starts, but after 7 years they were able to grow a bean that had all of the great qualities (including taste) of the typical green bean, but which had a wonderful burgundy color.

The wizard and the royal gardener were able to grow a good crop of these “royal burgundy beans” in the summer, and presented them to the Duke. The Duke said “these are marvelous, but how do they taste? Please have the royal chef cook me a plate of these wonderful, royal beans!”

The chef was given the beans, and cooked them to perfection. However, when the beans were cooked they turned green! When presented to the Duke, he exclaimed “why are my royal burgundy beans now green? They look no different from the green beans that I and my peasants have been eating for years!”

The wizard, who as noted before was a great philosopher as well, told the Duke, “it is much easier to change the outward appearance of a bean than it is to change the essence of a bean. In many ways, beans are like humans; you can dress either up royally, but underneath the bean is still a bean, and the human is still a human. We are all just humans, and these beans are all just beans.”

The Duke, while a bit disappointed, still ate his beans.

The story of the beans spread widely, and it always ended with the wizard being quoted as saying “we are all just human beans.” Many who heard the story were confused, until someone said “don’t you think he meant ‘beings”? And that is how the phrase “human beings” came about.

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I plan on putting up this article all above the web. Have to I give any credit/references back to you?

Tom Lawler February 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I wrote this in 2009, but then had a serious health issue, and I haven’t looked for any followup.

Kids who garden and plant burgundy beans LOVE this story!

Thomas Lawler
Lawler Economic & Housing Consulting
Leesburg, VA

Veggie Mom March 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Royal Burgundy Beans are wonderful. The plant itself is lovely and the beans are the very best string beans you can eat. The plants are hardy and I love growing them in my plot in the Senior Community Gardens in my town.

Emmon June 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Polly – I just blogged about this post on our garden living website, If you want any changes, just let me know. It was a thrill to read it. Your enthusiasm’s infectious! We have about 30,000 garden followers, and we’re happy to steer them your way! Have a great day! Emmon

Emmon Scott, Publisher
30400 Telegraph Rd., Suite 200
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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