Edamame Soybean Plants Are Tough

| 8/14/2012 11:13:48 AM

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I was never a huge fan of edamame soybeans, that is until I started growing them myself and discovered the sweet, delicious flavor and delightful firm texture of the ripening beans fresh from the bush and then quickly steamed or boiled.

And it turns out that edamame soybean plants are among the fastest growing, most productive, and least insect- or disease-prone of all vegetables. They are super tough in drought conditions, in clay soil, and in some shade. Wow. 

Okay, so the soybean is a legume and not a true vegetable, but soybean makes a great addition to either a standard vegetable garden or a more nuanced edible landscape. For, you see, not only is the soybean plant healthy looking by itself and compared to other vegetables, but soybean is so inconspicuous and low-growing (about 2 feet high) that it blends right in with showier plants.

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If you think there's a chance you can get between 60 and 90 days of growing season still this year, 2012, go for it. Plant a small patch of edamame soybeans and see how they do in that short time. They want warm soil, so why not try a late summer planting around September 1.

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