All About Growing Dry Beans and Peas

Learn the ins and outs of growing dry beans and peas, including lima beans, runner beans, tepary beans, field peas and more. You’ll be surprised to learn that growing beans is a real snap.

Dry beans and peas are a healthy staple crop that can be stored long into winter. With a huge variety of colorful pods and seed shapes and colors, it’s almost impossible to grow every kind of bean and pea variety available. Pictured here is the ‘Good Mother Stallard’ dry bean.
Illustration by Keith Ward
Hand-pick Mexican bean beetles in all life stages, and try spraying neem to control light infestations.
Illustration by Keith Ward
There are a number of different bean varieties to grow and cook. Pictured from left to right are ‘Streamline’ runner beans, ‘Christmas’ lima beans, ‘Yin Yang’ dry beans, ‘Dwarf Horticultural’ dry beans and ‘Pinkeye Purple Hull’ cowpeas.
Illustration by Keith Ward
Cooking dry beans takes some planning ahead because you must first soak the beans in water for many hours. Beans make the perfect addition to favorite hearty dishes such as chili and black bean soup.
Illustration by Keith Ward
Native Americans used cornstalks in their Three Sisters gardens to provide a place for rambling bean vines to climb. Bean tipis made of metal, wood, plastic, or salvaged materials work splendidly as well.
Illustration by Keith Ward

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