How to Grow Black Beans

dried black bean pods and shelled black beans

Black beans are so fun and easy to grow. Everyone should plant them in their gardens.

Black beans are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. Besides being super easy to grow, they also store very well for months when stored properly. When I plan my garden and clients gardens I always include plants that mature at different times. But I also like to include a mix of vegetables that can be eaten fresh, with vegetables that can be stored long term.

Black beans are so easy to grow because you can pretty much just plant them and forget about them. They do not require much care and attention from you during the season.

Here are the steps on how to grow black beans in your garden

  1. Direct sow the seeds in mid May or later, once the threat of frost has passed
  2. Water well until the seedlings establish
  3. Occasionally weed if needed
  4. Let them grow
  5. Do nothing
  6. Bean pods will develop, leave them
  7. Once the plants begin to die and fall over, still do nothing
  8. Once the bean pods are brown and completely dried out you can clip them off of the plant
  9. Remove the beans from the dried pods
  10. Store in an air tight container for up to six months

Boom! That’s it. Most black bean varieties take about 60 days to mature so they can be planted into summer. The dried beans can be prepared the same way as grocery store black beans. You can also save some of the beans to plant in your garden next season.

Happy planting!

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