Just Some Random Tips and Tricks to Growing Beans From Seed

what is going on everyone welcome to

another very exciting episode right here

on the my gardener Channel it's an

absolutely beautiful day today so we're

gonna be planting beans today it's been

long overdue but we've had a lot of rain

we really have not been able to get out

in the garden in fact it kind of just

dried out today and beans are one of

those plants you just can't grow if it's

you can't start them if it's really wet

one of the biggest questions we could

all ask all the time as Luke is there

anything that I'm doing wrong my beans

and my corn are just not germinating

well at all and beans and corn are two

things you can't plant if it's cool and

damp and for the past week it's been

cool and it's been damp very damp we've

had about four four days of rain out of

the past six days so it's quite a lot of

rain about 80% or so of the days have

been just rain and then it's also been

really cool I think almost every day six

out of the past six days have been below

sixty degrees that's actually pretty

chilly for Michigan at this time of year

and so your cool weather damp weather

it's a recipe for mildews and molds

which are two things that plague beans

and corn the weather is warmed up now so

the what the conditions are perfect to

plant beans and so that's what we're

gonna do today the one thing that I was

going to do before I plant is I've got a

bunch of stuff sprouting up here in my

bed where I write top dressed with fresh

compost and so since we compost a lot of

you know kitchen scraps and and stuff

like that from the garden we've had a

lot of seedlings that are germinated

here we've got a ton of tomatoes and

peppers which I don't need anymore I

really don't need any more of those so

we're gonna pluck those out and just

throw those back in the compost pile but

I will be saving a lot of the volunteer

cucumber and melon plants that sprouted

because I could use some more over in

our cucumber and melon bed so that's

what we're gonna do is we're just gonna

go through and pull those up first

before we plant our beans because I

could really use those over there for

additional plants the next thing that

I'm going to do before I plant is it was

brought up in a comment section that I

really enjoyed I really enjoyed the

comment when it was brought up and that

was rather than plant one plant of each

variety which we had planned on doing

we're going actually going to follow

this person's advice I can't was it

mentioned this but they said rather than

doing one plan of each variety why not

do one row of each variety and I thought

that's actually a really good idea

because for instance I mean if we're

growing the you know the midnight black

turtle bean this is a drying bean so you

have to wait for the plant to produce

all its beans and then dry them so that

you can use them for you know like bulk

storage inside um during the off season

during the winter months and so one

plant really won't produce all that many

beans I mean we might have enough beans

to have a meal or two from one plant but

if you've got a row and you've got 1015

plants in a row well then you've got

yourself you know 1520 meals out of that

out of that harvest so you know it's

it's just about being a little more

sensible about things you we're still

going to have all of our diversity to

see your diversity so we want to see all

these varieties growing in our garden

it's just about being smart about things

and it's really impractical just to grow

one plant of drying beans because you're

just not going to get enough of them so

that's what we're gonna do we're gonna

grow one row per variety so thank you

whoever that was I really appreciate

that here you go this is exactly why we

have a bunch of volunteers this right

here is the remnants of an old tomato we

have another one here just the skins of

the tomato for whatever reason tomato

skins become like almost like plastic

but they're not those are tomato skins

and what when they they're like the last

thing to deteriorate but when they drop

all their seeds end up with a lot of

volunteers that sprout up and while we

love them and while most people would

say you're crazy to throw those out we

have thousands in this bed we have just

thousands so you can see over here we

got there's there's more right there we

have so many that I just over the course

of this bed we probably have 300 400

tomato seedlings and you can only use so

many of them all right so I just got

everything pulled up the beds prepped

and ready to go ready to plant some

beans but in the process of pulling

everything up it actually reminded me of

a quick little tip that

to share with you guys so we get asked

all the time and it's not really a

question it's more or less a concern

over you know what actually was planted

what's a volunteer what's a weed seed

you know a lot of beginning gardeners

they'll plant out their garden right

after amending their bed with some fresh

compost or right after tilling and then

they're met with a dilemma where

everything germinates after the first

couple rains and you're not really sure

what you planted you're not really sure

what should be there what shouldn't be

there and this can really cause a lot of

headache and hassle so my best advice to

all of you guys and this is a really

great tip that I just I don't know why I

haven't brought it up but it's something

we do a lot and that's if we know we're

gonna be direct sowing stuff from seed

it doesn't matter what it is it could be

radishes spinach lettuce being it really

doesn't matter even beets if we're

direct sowing something in the ground

what we want to do is we want to prep

the bat about a week or two before we

know we're actually going to have to

plan you don't want to do this the day

of because the reason why is because

that compost has a ton of seeds in it a

ton of weed seeds volunteer plants

things like that that you might want but

most of the time you don't want or you

don't need necessarily and if you plant

directly in the ground that same day

those are all still going to be in there

and after the first couple rains or

after you water those are all going to

germinate and you don't want that

because it just creates a ton of

headache and a lot of hassle that's


so we prepper bad about a week or two

before we know we need to plant we let

you know rains come or whatever or if it

looks like it's you're really dry well

water the bat a couple times and that

allow us all the weed seeds and all

those volunteer seeds to germinate and

then once they're up we can go through

weed them and it really cuts down on

their numbers and that way we know where

we're planting stuff we know where we

want it we know we want it and we know

we're not going to be you know

disrupting much by weeding up things

that we don't need so that way we can

just go back and plant and it makes our

life a whole lot easier

alright we're just going to go through

through here and and plant our bean

seeds the real nice thing about having

soft soil is pretty much you just draw

your your rough rows where you want

stuff and then you can just push them in

with your finger so we're gonna plant

the midnight black turtle bean that's a

nice bush being there

and people always ask me you know this

is a question we get all the time you

guys all the time so I think it's worth

mentioning when people are planting out

their beans or their corn or it really

anything for that matter that you're

direct seeding it could be radishes it

could be spinach it could be carrots

anything that your direct seeding I

cannot tell you guys enough plant more

than you actually need a lot of times

people will plant exactly what they need

with the exact spacing and that's just

unrealistic to think that everything is

going to germinate it's actually far

better to go through plant two seeds per

hole three seeds per hole even or if

you're putting them in a line you know

you're putting them in a row plant

rather than every eight inches apart

plant them every two or three inches

apart because then what's gonna happen

is if you get great germination if you

get great germination rates and your

stuff grows amazing awesome you go back

and thin but if your stuff doesn't

germinate well or if you run into some

issues then you have really spotty

germination and then it's really hard to

go back and put something in that in

that place it's really hard to go back

and put a seed there after everything's

already growing up because as we've

talked about before those

inconsistencies it's really difficult to

come back from you know if you're

planting everything out all at once it's

near impossible for the sunlight to

touch those younger plants after you've

already got some fully mature plants

growing it's just bill out-compete the

younger thing the younger plants so go

back or go by here and and densely plant

them if you got the seeds you might as

well use them while they're fresh get

them in the ground and then and then as

you need to thin then you can thin it's

just a big mistake I see people making

and if I can prevent you guys for making

a mistake you know I always will so I'm

just putting two seeds per hole here and

I'm spacing them out every about four

inches or so and I'll go back and I'll

thin those plants so I have about one

plant every six to eight inches another

quick little planting tip for planting

beans is I like to take both the beans

in my in my thumb and my pointer finger

and what I like to do is I like to just

stick them push them in the ground

almost like a bird beak and then just

let go and that way they're both planted

together and it also shows me where I

put the seeds

so that I can determine how far away I

need to plant the next ones it just

helps save time and I could really plant

super efficiently that way just grab two

push your fingers in and let go and that

way they're going to be down about an

inch where they need to be half inch or

so deep and then you got them right next

to each other so the spacing is going to

be accurate and it's as easy as that all

right so I've just been planning up all

the snap beans now and we ran into a

tiny little bit of a road bump when it

came to space now you probably saw this

going into it and for me

ignorance is bliss oh I'm just having a

ton of fun and then when I see a problem

I'm like oh that's a problem but from an

outsider's perspective you probably saw

it coming and that's just that there's

just not enough space for all of them if

I designated a row per variety we have

27 varieties of beans that's about two

and a half beds worth of beans and

realistically I know that you know that

there's just not enough people to

consume that many beans we're just some

would go to waste and I hate the idea of

growing something just to let it go to

waste so that's not what we're about

here and so we're actually kind of

dialing things back when it comes to the

snap beans what we're doing instead to

save space is we're simply doing a half

a row and then a half a row of the other

kind of meeting in the middle and that

way we can still get all the variety we

wanted to play it and we're only using

up one bed now obviously the pull beans

are a different story those are going to

go somewhere else because we can't

trellis them up here block all the Sun

it would just be a big mess and

logistically we can't put pole beans

here so pole beans are gonna go

somewhere else but when it comes to the

bush beans and the snap beans things

like that it's fine now the the dry

shelling beans those got their own row

because like I said we need enough

plants to justify planting them if

you're only growing one plant it's not

like snap beans where you the more you

harvest the more you get with the dry

shelling beans what the plant produces

is what you get and so we needed a fair

amount of plants to you know to make

some sustenance and actually justify

planting them so those are fine with

their full row plus I can't go back and

dig out those seeds anyways that'd be a

nightmare so those got their own row and

then all the snap beans they're going to

get a half a row which is fine we're

going to

so many beans by the end of the day we

still probably will be giving some way

to friends and family and our local soup

kitchen there's so much here and these

beds will produce so many beans that

will be fine I think will be plenty fine

all right and the very last thing we

have to do is just come back here and

tamp down the soil when you're direct

sowing seed this is actually a really

important step that I see a lot of

people not doing and it's just something

we do to really create good contact with

the seeds you don't want air gaps you

know what voids because the seeds don't

germinate well in air they need good

contact with the soil so all we're doing

is just come back here and just just

tamping down the soil really gently with

the rake and that makes really good

contact so that's about it we got

everything planted up everything is

ready to grow the last thing I was gonna

mention is we're not going to water it

seems really counterintuitive but

because the soil is so damp already with

all the rain we've had the last thing I

want to do is is promote rotten and rot

and mold so what we're going to do is

just leave them in this damp soil here

let them start germinating and if it

doesn't rain within two or three days

then we'll follow back up and we'll give

them some water but as of right now

they're good and we should start to see

sprouts in about five to seven days so I

cannot wait it's give me a lot of fun I

hope you guys enjoyed I hope you learn

something new and as always this is Luke

from the mi Gardner channel reminding

you to grow big or go home we'll catch

you all later see ya bye