Top 10 Things to Know About Growing and Cooking Shell-out Beans

| 8/25/2016 11:58:00 AM

Dried beans

I’m not a vegetarian but I do love dried beans, so last summer I set out to grow a few different varieties and try all that home-grown bean-cuisine had to offer. It turns out there was quite a bit I didn’t know about growing and cooking the perfect bean. Dried beans are a relatively easy crop for the home gardener and although they are inexpensive to buy at the store, the home grown version was a revelation in flavor and freshness.


Here are the 10 interesting things about growing and cooking with dried beans.

Heirloom beans

1. Plant seeds when the soil is well warmed in late spring / early summer and space bush beans 6 inches apart and climbing beans 10 inches apart. If the soil is too cool when you sow the seed the beans will sit and use all their energy stores, leaving nothing left to grow with when the soil warms up.