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Ideal Market Green Bean

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Ideal Market Green Bean

Phaseolis vulgaris
Big vines yield loads of medium-sized green beans.

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Got a small garden? Grow vertical! Even if you've got plenty of space, these climbing green beans are a treat to grow. The vines grow terrifically, and the beans they produce are compact and stay at a good, harvestable size for a longer window than most varieties. Mostly green, but many beans have a slight purplish hue. Great crunch, great flavor. Beans stay 6" or so in length during harvest window.

This was one of the first seeds in the Seed Library, along with Purple Podded Peas. We grew the bean up the flag pole at the Gardiner Library, where the Seed Library started in 2004. It was a challenge to save the seeds as patrons entering the library would reach out, pluck a pod, and still be munching when they walked in the front door. Other than controlling the urge to eat all the green beans, saving seeds from Ideal Market is pretty easy. Check out the instructions below and follow our blog for seed saving tips throughout the year.

Number of Seeds 50 seeds
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 42 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Germination 5 -10 days
Days to Maturity 50 days
Height at Maturity 96 inches
Width at Maturity 4 inches

Beans are fun, fast-growing plants that take little care to perform well.

It makes sense to inoculate beans before sowing, which boosts the nitrogen levels of your garden soil with no work whatsoever. Inoculant is available at garden centers.

Sow bean seeds about three or four inches apart in the row around the third week of May. Thinning is not necessary, but do keep the plants weeded, especially when young. Pole beans often bear for many weeks, continuing to set pods until frost.

For most tender green beans, harvest when young, slightly thicker than a pencil. To harvest dry beans, let the plant mature; pods will dry on the plant towards the end of summer. Pull the brown pods off the vine and store in a dry place until the shells are crisp and easy to open. Or, pull the plants up by the roots and allow them to dry. When the pods are brittle, shake plants back and forth inside a plastic garbage can; the beans will release from their pods and settle in the bottom of the pail.

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