Long beans, also known as yard-long beans or asparagus beans, are a delightful addition to any home garden. Their delicious taste and easy-to-grow nature make them a perfect choice for container gardening. Follow these steps to cultivate your own thriving long bean plants in containers:

Step 1: Seed Preparation

  • Soaking the Seeds:  Begin by soaking the long bean seeds in water for 24 hours. This helps soften the seed coat and jumpstarts the germination process.

Step 2: Seedling Containers

  • Prepare Seedling Containers:  Take seedling containers and place two long bean seeds along with two aloe vera cuts in each container. Cover them lightly with soil and keep the containers moist.

Step 3: Compost Preparation

  • Prepare Growing Containers:  After seven days of seed incubation, prepare a compost mix. Use 60% soil, 20% vermicompost, and 20% rice husks for the growing containers (recycled buckets in this case).

Step 4: Planting Seedlings

growing beans in containers

  • Incorporate Trichoderma:  Add Trichoderma to the compost mix in the containers, then plant the prepared long bean seedlings.

Step 5: Creating Support

  • Support Structure:  Place a 5-feet (1.5 meters) long wood stick in each bucket. Use smaller sticks to create a grid-like support system, allowing the plants to climb and grow.

Step 6: Fertilization and Maintenance

  • Initial Fertilization:  Upon planting the seedlings in the buckets, use a balanced fertilizer or organic compost-rich soil mix to provide nutrients. This serves as the first fertilization.
  • Second Fertilization:  After approximately 25 days from the first fertilization, fertilize the plants with a mixture of kitchen waste and vermicompost to enhance soil nutrition.
  • Third Fertilization:  Around 25 days after the second fertilization, add watermelon waste to each bucket and cover it with more compost to sustain plant growth and nourishment.

Step 7: Harvesting

  • Harvesting Long Beans:  Approximately 95-100 days after planting, your long beans should be fully grown and ready for harvest.

a box of beansBy following these adjusted steps and providing proper care, you can enjoy a bountiful supply of home-grown long beans in your container garden. Happy gardening!