No-Till Yard Beans


DawnYou’ve decided that this is the year you will start gardening, or maybe this is the year you will expand your garden.  I am here to teach you a very simple technique that requires no special equipment and can be done by even a child.  Yard beans, the no-till way. 

Bush beans, pole beans and half runners are some of the easiest things to grow making them perfect for newer gardeners.  These delicious and versatile veggies pack a punch in the antioxidant department as well as containing lutein, beta carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin K and fiber.   These crops, once harvested, hold their amazing crisp, fresh from the garden flavor when frozen and when canned, can be stored for years without degradation of flavor or nutrients. 

In the sustainability department, the bean may win for the easiest to save seed from.  What this means for the sustainable gardener is that once you procure your first batch of beans in a variety that you love, you can simply save those seeds from year to year, never having to purchase them again.  There are no difficult preps needed to save the seed, just allow the bean pods to dry on the vine at the end of growing season and then harvest the hard little seeds to store in a cool dry place for next year.

What is my secret to these super easy no-till methods?  It’s something I fondly call “yard beans.”  You can plant “yard beans” in the country, city, suburbs, just about anywhere you have access to a bit of narrow space in your yard.  Because pole beans have a beautiful climbing nature with petite flowers ranging from white to pink and purples, these crops can be added into most landscapes or against fence rows without distracting from the beauty around them.

How do you do this amazing technique?  Gather the following … old newspapers, dirt (preferably with rich organic compost mixed in), and bean seed.  Toss all the yard bean ingredients into a wheelbarrow and head to your planting spot.  Some would want perfectly straight rows, no problem, but you can also kind of eyeball this too. 

Supplies for yard beans.

4/6/2016 2:17:53 PM

McBunny, you are so right! I did neglect to mention the exclusive use of heirloom seeds for our fellow readers, thank you for checking me on that one!

4/6/2016 2:16:53 PM

Nebraska Dave, thank you so much for the warm welcome I have a few more blog ideas up my sleeve already, hope to be sharing soon.

4/4/2016 11:41:29 AM

Dawn, you might want to tell your readers that in order to save their bean seeds from year to year that they should be Heirloom seeds since hybrid seeds do not reproduce true.

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