How to Grow Pole Green Beans in a Container

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor
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Green Beans are a favorite crop to grow in almost any vegetable garden. They are easy to germinate, easy to grow, and taste great. Pole beans can be easily grown in a container as well. Here is a step-by-step how to:

1. Fill large container 80% full with high quality soil.

2. Wet soil until all soil is damp

3. Sow each seed 5-8” apart

4. After germination put bamboo stakes (or other material) stakes inside container

5. Allow to grow up stakes

6. When plant starts to bloom fertilize with 10-20-10 fertilizer

7. Harvest often

1. Fill large container 80% full with high quality soil.

Pick a wide container; it does not have to be very deep, as green beans do not send out deep roots. They like a fertile well-drained soil. When planting in a container it is good to use a mixture of compost, peat moss and vermiculite in even quantities. If you are using soil from your existing garden make sure not to use soil that that has recently had beans, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage or lettuce planted in it.

2. Wet soil until all soil is damp

While beans germinate quite easily, they do require a fair amount of moisture to do so. Making sure the soil is evenly damp throughout will encourage faster germination. Keep soil evenly damp until germination. The damp soil will soften the seed shell and encourage the seed to germinate quicker.

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