Title: Grow a row of vegetables in Florida
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Title: Grow a row of vegetables in Florida
Series Title: Circular
Alternate Title: Grow a row of ... in Florida
Physical Description: 12 leaflets in folder : ill. ; 31 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Carter, Lawrence
Stephens, James M
Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Florida A & M University, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville?
Publication Date: 198-?
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Subject: Vegetable gardening -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Statement of Responsibility: prepared by Lawrence Carter and James M. Stephens.
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Circular 463
Leaflet 7


Grow A Row


Snap Beans


Most everybody likes fresh snap beans in their vegetable diet. They are easy to grow
during the spring and early fall in Florida home gardens. For planting and care of
your snap beans, follow this simple step-by-step guide.


VARIETIES TO PLANT:


(Bush) Bush Blue Lake, Contender, Harvester, Roma, Miami, Ten-
dergreen, and Cherokee Wax
(Pole) Dade, McCaslan, Kentucky Wonder 191, and Blue Lake


WHEN TO PLANT


North Florida
March-April
Aug-Sept


Central Florida
Feb-March
September


South Florida
Sept-April


STEP 1. SITE SELECTION
Select a site with good sunlight away
from trees and bushes. Make sure there is a
good water supply nearby. Some shade will
not harm your snap beans. A good fertile
soil is required to grow good healthy beans.


STEP 2. SOIL PREPARATION
First, spade, hoe, rake and remove all
weeds and trash from the snap bean row.
Then loosen the soil so it will be airy and
easy to work. Prepare the soil early so it
will be ready to plant at the preferred time.


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STEP 3. LIMING
Ask your county agent about testing your
soil to see if lime is needed. If lime is re-
quired, use "dolomite". Apply your lime at
least three weeks or longer before planting.
Spread the lime on the soil and mix it
thoroughly using a hoe or rake. The soil
test will tell you how much to use. About a
quart of lime per 25 feet of row length will
usually be required on acid soils.


STEP 5. BED PREPARATION
After applying the required fertilizer,
prepare a firm raised seedbed to keep heavy
rains from drowning or rotting roots. Make
the bed about 6 inches high and 24 inches
wide. Smooth the bed with a rake before
planting.


STEP 4. FERTILIZING
Use about 4 quarts of 6-6-6, 8-8-8 or other
regular garden fertilizer to grow a 25-foot
row of snap beans. Before making the
seedbed, spread one quart over the row
area. Mix the fertilizer (using a hoe or rake)
with the soil. Add more beside the plants
every 2 weeks as they grow.
Cow, chicken or other animal manure
may be used instead of regular garden fer-
tilizer. Spread and mix into the soil-10
gallons to the row at least three weeks be-
fore planting.


STEP 6. SEEDING
Start your snap beans by seeding. First,
open your seedbed with your hoe handle
about 2 to 3 inches deep down the center of
the row. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2 to
3 inches apart in the seedbed. Cover them
with soil and pack lightly with the metal
part of your handrake. Keep the soil moist
until seeds come up. Thin plants about 6
inches apart in the row.
























STEP 7. TRELLISING
Due to the vining nature of pole snap
beans, a trellis, fence or other support is
required. Trellis them to save space and to
keep beans off the ground. Bush snap beans
do not require a trellis.


STEP 9. SIDE DRESSING
FERTILIZER
Feed your snap beans (pole or bush) as
they grow. Every 2 weeks, spread a handful
of fertilizer to the side of each plant. Then,
mix it into the soil with a hoe or rake. Be
sure to water the plants right after side-
dressing.


STEP 8. CULTIVATION
Cultivation of snap beans should be done
to control weeds. Pull weeds by hand, or use
a hoe to loosen and work the soil around the
plants. Do not disturb the roots of the beans
when pulling or hoeing weeds. Keep the soil
moist.


STEP 10. INSECTS AND
DISEASE CONTROL
Look out for insect and disease damage.
Watch for aphids, leaf miners, beetles, and
worms rolled up on top of snap bean leaves.
Spray or dust when needed. Use malathion,
diazinon or sevin. For diseases that cause
leaf spotting and decay, spray once a week
with maneb or zineb.

























STEP 11. CHECKING GROWTH
Check your snap beans daily for signs of
problems. Correct them early. Your bush
beans will be ready to pick about 50 to 60
days from seeding. The pole snap beans
takes a while longer, but they will be ready
about 60 to 65 days after seeding.


STEP 12. HARVESTING
Pick your snap beans while they are ten-
der, crisp and green. Remove over mature
beans from the bush so that new beans are
encouraged to grow.
Use your snap beans wisely. Can and
freeze some for later use.


For More Information
If you need to know more about growing your snap beans,
contact your County Extension Service office.


PREPARED BY
Lawrence Carter
Extension Rural Development Specialist
and
James M. Stephens
Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist
The Cooperative Extension Service of Florida A&M University and University of Florida offers
educational programs, materials and assistance to all people without regard to race, color, or
national origin.


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS
Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914
Cooperative Extension Service, IFAS, Florida A&M University, University
of Florida and United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperating
K. R. Tefertiller, Director


This publication was promulgated at a cost of $2688.00, or $.04 per copy, to provide Florida home gardeners with
information on the planting care of snap beans.


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