Growing Black Beans

This was our first year growing black beans.  I planted two rows about 12 feet long and gave us about 5 cups of dried black beans.  They were easy to grow and you harvest them when the pods are dying up and starting to crinkle and get crunchy.  I pulled up the plants about 2 weeks ago.  I allowed them to dry on our covered patio for about a week to allow more  drying.  Then I pulled or cut the pods from each plant and allowed about another 5 days in a drying in a dry box/container (of your choice) until the black beans rattle inside their pods or start to pop open.  You can place all the black bean pods in a bucket and crush the pods from the beans and then sift them to remove all the chaffing pieces or since I didn’t have very many I just opened them  one by one into a bowl.

When beans have dried you can store them in mason jars with lid and add a moisture packet.  They can be stored for 8-10 years at 70 degrees.  If stored longer than this the dried beans can become too hard.

I found the following  videos very helpful Here and Here.

For amending soil see our Garden Soil Prep and Lawn

I planted the black bean seeds about 1-2 inches deep and about 1   1/2 inches apart.  I like to plant my seeds close together and the rows about  22 inches apart.

Note:  I was later planting my seeds this year.  It was the end of May.

*The white sprinkled around plants is a product called “kill-a-bug-two” , powder.  We always get grasshoppers and black beetles that like to eat my leaves and this seems to help a lot.  I try not together to get too much of powder on the leaves because it causes the leaves to dry and attract spider mites.

I water my garden 1-3 times a week during the summer depending on the hot weather, using soaker hoses.

I also used a water all-purpose  fertilizer a couple of times during the growing season.





Bartlett Pears

I’m sure if you have a garden you’ve been picking, canning and working hard to keep-up with your harvest.  I will be posting pictures of our garden and tips and ideas that have helped me this year and hope it can help you with your garden.

I picked our Bartlett pears this week and they are still are mostly green which is when you pick them.  Just let the pears ripen (to a yellow color but not too soft) on your counter or in baskets then eat, bake, or preserve them.

See Here for canning, recipes and pear baby food.

Our pear tree is a Dwarf Bartlett Pear

We have had our issues with this pear tree.  We have had Fire blight for about the past 5 years.  I have trimmed out the bad branches each year and so far it is still alive and it has given me lots of pears.

I like Utah State University Extension for helpful information on insect and diseases on fruit trees.



See Preserving Pears and Pear Baby Food

See Pears and Pear Bread