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Yard-Long Beans: This Super-Size Version of a Summer Staple Will Wow You in the Garden and on the Plate

Magazine article Sunset

Yard-Long Beans: This Super-Size Version of a Summer Staple Will Wow You in the Garden and on the Plate

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In your garden

Sporting slender, snakelike pods, yard-long beans took like regular green beans that just never quit. To be honest, there's not much difference in flavor between the two, but who could resist growing something so wild-looking? (Not us.) As their name implies, some beans can reach several feet, though they're commonly harvested when much shorten Buy seeds locally or online from Lake Valley Seed (lak.evalleyseed.com).

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Plant

Thoroughly MOISTEN soil, then SOW seeds in the ground in full sun at the base of a trellis or pole that the vines can climb. PLANT seeds 1/2 inch deep--4 to 6 inches apart at the base of a trellis, or 6 beans per pole.

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Care

Once seeds sprout, WATER often enough to keep soil moist but not soggy. FEED with a balanced fertilizer when foliage is about a foot tall, and again as beans start to develop. Yard-long beans mature in about 7o days.

Harvest

PICK beans when they are about a foot long; harvest regularly to keep the plant producing. STORE unwashed beans in a sealed plastic bag for up to s days. …

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