The first thing to do before planting your butter bean seeds is to get rid of any weeds around the garden area. You can use a weed killer or you can just cut them all down. If you have a large garden area then it will take longer but if you are having problems with weeds then it’s worth doing so.
Once you have cleared out the weeds, you need to choose which type of seed you want to plant. There are two types of butter bean seeds – pole and stem. Pole beans grow from the top and stem beans grow from the bottom. They both require different care in order to germinate and grow properly.
Pole beans need lots of sunlight while stem beans like cool temperatures during winter months.
If you are going to plant pole beans, you will need to dig up some soil and place it around the base of the plants. Then you will put in a few handfuls of compost. You can also cover the seeds with a thin layer of sand or peat moss. Once these things are ready, they should start sprouting within a couple days.
Keep checking on them every day until they reach their full size.
If you are planting stem beans, then the process is a little bit different. First of all, you need to cover the seeds with soil, leaving just a tiny bit showing. Then you need to use your finger and create a small hole for them to be placed in. Firm the soil around the seeds so that they are secure.
Keep checking on them every day until they grow to their full size.
Once you have planted your butter bean seeds, you need to keep the soil moist by using a water can. It is also a good idea to add in some fertilizer as this will help the seeds grow quickly and strong.
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A Brief History of the Lima Bean
It is believed that the origin of the lima bean was in the Andes Mountains in South America where it was cultivated by the Incas. It was then spread further afield by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. In the 19th century, it became very popular across Europe and to this day it remains a staple food in many countries around the world.
The lima bean is the same species as the common bean but it has a shorter growth period, tastes sweet and is nutritionally superior to other types of beans. It is an excellent inclusion in any diet as one cup of cooked lima beans contains almost half of your recommended daily amount of fiber and protein. It also helps to prevent heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
Most people like to eat lima beans when they are young and then grow to hate them as they get older. This is probably due to the fact that their mother cooked them in a way that no one liked or they were fed them so much that they ended up being sick of them.
One of the best ways to cook lima beans is to mix them with sweetcorn and potatoes in equal quantities. They can also be salted and buttered or made into soup.
If you do not like eating lima beans, then you do not have to grow them in your garden at all. There are many other types of bean that grow well such as broad beans, runner beans and peas.
However, if you do decide to try growing some in your yard, then they are very easy to grow so you definitely should.
You can plant the bean seeds in your garden in April or, if you live in a hotter area, you can wait until May. The earlier you plant, the more likely it is that the pests will eat your young plants. You should plant the seeds about two inches deep and around two feet apart. You should keep the soil moist but not waterlogged and mulch around the base of the plants to prevent weeds from growing and to retain moisture in the soil.
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