All about… Blue Lake Pole Beans

18 . January .2013Cheryl Miller0 Comments

Blue Lake Pole Bean Seeds

  • 63 days
  • Climbing habit
  • Package contains approximately 125 Blue Lake Pole Bean Seeds.
  • Germination: 5 to 8 days at 70 to 85 F. Plant seeds1 to 1 1/2 inches deep leaving 3 inches between plants and 18 to 24 inches between rows.

These sweet, tender beans grow tall and yield all the way up to the first frost. The 6-7 inch pods are smooth, straight, and perfect for canning. Blue Lake Pole Beans are vitamin rich and very flavorful.

Pole beans are known for their high yields for the amount of space needed. These beans are grown up a tall support and are easy to harvest.

Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:

Once the danger of frost is passed, plant seeds directly in the ground outside. If the temperature is too cold (under about 60F) the plant may suffer, causing poor germination and yield. Prepare some kind of support (such as a trellis, a fence, poles, etc) for the bean plants to grow on. Plant in full sun, taking care not to block other plants from sunlight with the bean supports.

Plant the seeds in well-drained, fertile soil. Keep the ground moist until germination occurs.

To harvest, pick the green beans when they grow about 5” long. For shell beans, allow the pods to mature on the vine, then dry.

Recipes/How to Use:

Beans can be used in many ways, both green and dry. They are great in soups, salads, casseroles, and more.

Bean Burritos
1 lb. cooked dry beans
1 T. olive or vegetable oil
½ tsp. cumin
1 C. salsa
1 ½ C. cooked rice
1 C. cheese, grated
1 avocado, sliced
1 ½ C. shredded lettuce
6-8 tortillas
Sour cream, to taste
-Put oil in a large skillet on low heat. Add beans, salsa, cumin, and rice. Cook until mixture is hot.
-Spoon into tortillas, top with cheese, lettuce, avocado, and sour cream.

Steamed Green Beans
1 – 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, washed with strings removed (if needed)
2 C. water
Salt, to taste
-Cut green beans to desired length.
-Add water and salt to a pot with a steamer basket.
-Bring water to a boil. Add green beans and cook, covered, over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
-Remove beans, drain water, and serve.

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