Growing Green Pole Beans or Green Bush Beans – Which Is Better?
GROWING POLE GREEN BEANS or BUSH GREEN BEANS? Many gardeners, organic and otherwise, agree that pole bean plants produce a better tasting, more tender bean over a longer harvest period than bush beans. Pole beans take a little more work to grow than bush beans because they need to be trellised. WHERE TO PLANT Growing Pole Beans will work best in a sunny location with well drained soil rich in organic matter (manure and compost). WHEN TO PLANT Pole Beans can be planted directly into the soil when soil temperatures reach 60F in the spring. GETTING THE SOIL READY FOR PLANTING For well-drained, nutrient rich soil, mix compost thoroughly into the soil. Beans don’t grow well in heavy soil. Adding well-composted manure will help produce a better bean crop as well. N-P-K LEVELS Beans do well even if nitrogen (N) levels are low, while the phosporus (P) and potassium (K) levels can be moderate and pH levels can be as low as 5.0. Ideal growth will occur at pH of approximately 6.0. GERMINATING SEE