Growing Your Own Green Bean Herb Garden

It may not come as much of a surprise to most readers to learn that a single plant in your home can be transformed into a wonderful collection of culinary herbs that will add value and character to your kitchen. Although this is the case, it is not as easy as you might think and requires patience, planning and research to ensure your herbs grow up to the standards expected.

Most people associate herbs with cooking with a variety of plants such as chives, parsley, mint, thyme and oregano, and the humble bean plant can certainly make the leap from the kitchen to your own herb room, which may just be your very own herb garden. Phaseolus vulgaris, the more popular French bean and also commonly referred to as the common bean is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the eastern Mediterranean and the southern part of the Western Hemisphere, growing wild throughout the rainforests of Central America and parts of South America. The most commonly used varieties of common beans include snap beans, dry beans and hulled beans.

This is why they have made such an impact on history, and why they are so useful in culinary recipes that are aimed at a variety of different herb families. While some common beans can be used simply as beans in soup, stir fry or pasta dishes, there is no reason that you cannot use a green bean plant to create a varied selection of culinary herbs. In fact, with so many varieties and species to choose from, you will soon find that you’re growing a garden of delicious herbs can become one of the most rewarding projects you have ever attempted.

In terms of herbs to grow from your bean plant, the most important considerations are the size, shape, and texture of your growing area. If you have a large area that has not been cultivated, a large bean plant will give off too much heat in the soil that may kill your plants before they get a chance to mature. The ideal planting position should have a slight slope to the ground to allow for proper drainage. A good rule of thumb is to plant your herb garden to the right of the house, but about 2 feet from the top of the walls so that the plant receives direct sunlight and can easily absorb nutrients during the hot summer months.

The size of the bean plant is also very important. The largest of your plants will provide the most nutrients and grow fast, but the plant itself will take a long time to mature and start producing flowers. {if it is small in size, it will produce smaller fruits and flowers will take a longer time to bloom and grow large. A good rule of thumb is to start out with the biggest plants first if you are having trouble with growing larger ones because the biggest will produce the most. After all, any plants can be harvested from their pot and replanted later on. This method is particularly good if you live in a very warm and humid climate because larger plants will need a warmer location to germinate properly.

Once you have decided which herbs you wish to plant, determine where to place the bean plant. You will have the most success when your herbs are positioned toward the middle of your cooking space, preferably near a window to allow for natural light. For indoor cooking, placing them at the back of your kitchen cabinets makes perfect sense, and will provide an extra layer of support for your growing herb garden. Also, try to position them on a side of your table so that they do not be cut or burned by direct sunlight, although many herbs will bloom better in sunlight than in a dark room.

Now that you have determined where you want your growing herbs, you should begin to cultivate the herbs. You should allow them to acclimatize to the elements in the growing space until they are ready to harvest. Once you have found a good growing position and plant size, you will need to dig the soil. If you are using containers for your growing herbs, do not fill them completely as this will damage your plants. Fill only half way or less and place a couple of inches deep containers into the soil.

You will want to place the seeds in the soil before the water begins to seep into the soil, but it is important to make sure you plant the seeds in the right location to ensure a good location for harvesting. Be sure and make the area moist but not overly wet. You will also need to remove any weeds as soon after harvesting to avoid rotting and loss of the herb garden. Be sure to clean your tools before you move the plant because many of them contain mold and other harmful bacteria. and you don’t want to make your garden more susceptible to disease and rot.

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