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How to Keep Green Beans Coming into Fall

Magazine article Sunset

How to Keep Green Beans Coming into Fall

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It's a snap to grow beans, and you can enjoy a prolonged bounty if you keep sowing this month. With a little extra care in planting, feeding, watering, and harvesting, you can enjoy garden-fresh beans into fall.

Since green beans tend to produce their crop in one big rush, it's a good idea to sow seeds at two-week intervals. You may still be enjoying beans from spring plantings, but the harvest will soon be over. Start sowing now for an extended yield. Gardeners in low and intermediate desert areas and coastal Southern California can sow beans through August. In other mild-winter areas, bean-sowing season lasts until the end of July.

Beans grow best in full sun. Prepare soil with plenty of organic matter, and sow seeds about 1 inch deep. To keep them from rotting before they sprout, moisten the soil before sowing, and don't water again until seedlings emerge. Beans usually sprout quickly in warm July weather. …

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