How to Grow Pinto Beans: Care And Harvesting Of Pintos
Pinto Bean Plant Life Cycle
The pinto bean plant lives up to its name, it grows into a small pod with a thick stem. The pods are greenish white and have a thin skin which is edible.
They taste good when cooked but they do not provide much nutrition compared to other types of beans such as black beans or kidney beans. You will need to buy fresh pinto beans if you want to harvest them yourself.
Harvesting Pinto Beans: How To Do It
You can easily harvest your own pinto beans by following these steps:
1) Cut off the top part of the pod and remove all the seed inside.
2) Place the pod on a piece of paper towel and let it dry completely.
(It takes at least 24 hours.)
3) After drying, cut off the bottom part of the pod and discard it.
The seeds will remain intact. If you don’t want to waste any seeds, you can place them in a plastic baggie and seal it tightly.
Then store them in your freezer until needed.
Harvesting Pinto Beans: Care And Maintenance
Once you have planted your seeds, it is important that you care for your pinto bean plants the right way. If you don’t do this, then you will not get any harvest.
Here are some steps on how to take care of your plants:
1) Water your pinto bean plants regularly.
They need at least 2″ to 4″ of water every week. The best time to water them is in the morning.
2) You can stop watering your plants when the leaves start to droop.
3) Add some mulch around the base of the plants to help conserve moisture.
Harvesting Pinto Beans: When And How To Do It
Harvesting your pinto beans is easy if you know how to do it right. Here are some tips on when and how to do it:
1) You can start harvesting the pinto beans once the pods become a dark green color.
2) Pinch the stem of each pod with your nails to see if the pinto bean inside is ripe.
If it pops out easily, then you can harvest it. (Discard the stem.
The pinto bean is the part that you will eat).
3) You can continue harvesting the ripe pinto beans and eating them.
However, leave at least 3 pods on each plant so that it can continue to grow.
How to Grow Pinto Beans: Final Words
You can learn how to grow pinto beans from seeds but it is easier and more convenient to buy some at the grocery store and plant them in your garden. You can also purchase a small potted pinto bean plant at your local nursery or garden center.
You can then transfer it to your backyard garden after it grows big enough.
If you like beans and want to try another type of bush bean, then you might want to try the purple flowered beans. You can also plant common beans, black eyed beans or even chili beans in your garden.
They all taste good when prepared the right way. Beans are a good source of fiber and contain a little bit of protein too. You can even use them as food for your livestock, especially the chickens! However, you should never feed them to your dogs or cats because the calcium in the beans will cause their bones to become brittle and they could easily break!
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