Although a bit labor-intensive, the work is worth it for these meaty beans. They are also often used as a cover crop because of their nitrogen-fixing properties.
Size: 18 to 25 inches tall.
Sunlight requirements: Full sun.
Water requirements: Keep soil evenly moist.
Soil requirements: Needs extra potassium, so wood ash is good to add to soil; well-drained soil.
When to plant: Early spring or late fall.
Where to plant: On stakes, to keep off the ground.
When to harvest: When they are about 6 inches in length; early spring if over-wintered.
Product storage: Can be dried and eaten in soups or eaten fresh; can be used as a cover crop because of high amount of nitrogen; store in airtight jars or bag in a cool, dry place.