Multicolored kidney beans
String or asparagus beans are a very unpretentious plant, so even a novice gardener can grow it. Perhaps the only requirement that beans make to their cultivation is heat. Therefore, you need to plant green beans no earlier than early June.
Choice - Of Two Types Of Beans
Exist two types of asparagus beans - bush and curly. Both of them are quite viable. I prefer bush: with it less trouble, no garter to support. It grows well in a well-lit garden with fertile, loose soil.
String beans differ from the usual ones in that food is not used for grains, but for pods or spatulas, as they are also called. It contains protein, similar in its properties to meat. The fruit also includes phosphorus, calcium salts, iron, vitamins B1 and B2.
Reference by topic: Asparagus beans - growing and care
Growing green beans - for nutrition and seeds
I sow the string beans with only dry seeds to a depth of 4-5 cm, and the distance between them is about 10 cm. Between the rows, you need to leave a three-fold interval. And in order to all summer to feast on the beans, I sow it in three terms with an interval of two weeks. Asparagus beans have a very extended harvest period, so beds should be planned in such a way as to provide easy access for collection of pods.
It begins already after 45 days from sowing beans. And the main thing here is not to miss deadlines. Once the pods reach a size of 10-12 cm, they need to be removed, otherwise they will become stiff and unfit for food. Such fruits should be left on the stems for seeds and cut only after full maturation, when the stems and leaves become dry.
The fruits collected for seed purposes should be slightly dried in a dry place, and then husked. Properly harvested and well-dried bean seeds are well stored and retain viability for 5 years.
It is not superfluous to add that the green beans are good for fertilizing the soil. Therefore, it is an excellent predecessor for many vegetables.
I must say that the scapula beans are of different colors: yellow, green and purple, which after heat treatment also turn green. I really like the yellow ones, but this is a matter of taste. My neighbor in the country, for example, grows only greens and praises them.
How to store string beans
Blades of asparagus beans are very easy to keep for consumption in the winter.
To do this, just freeze them whole or cut into pieces, which I think is more preferable. By the way, frozen green beans retain all their nutritional properties. If you have limited space in the freezer, then there is an excellent recipe for preparing green beans for the future - pickling.
The pods must be washed, the ponytails cut and cut into parts. Then pour water, put on fire and cook 5 min from the moment of boiling. Water to drink and spread the beans in pre-sterilized jars.
See also: Haricot bean - cultivation and varieties
Add 3 cloves of garlic, 2 leaves of celery, peppercorns and dill to each. Boil the marinade, pour the cans, roll them up, turn them over and wrap them up. Leave it until cool. In winter, you can use it as a side dish, or you can use it as the basis for a salad.
For this preparation is required: 1,5 kg of beans, garlic, dill, celery, peppercorns - to taste. For the marinade you need: 4,5 cups of water, 125 g of sugar, 25 g of salt, 75 ml of table vinegar.
From this amount of ingredients comes 6 half-liter cans of marinated beans.
© Author: Marina Nikolaevna BAKHAREVA, Vitebsk
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