Provider Bush Bean
Seed Count: Approx. 15 Seeds
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Bush variety, Snap Bean
Description: The Provider Bush Bean is known for being one of the most dependable, early, reliably producing bean varieties around. The round, straight, medium green pods grow on 16-18 inch tall and wide, compact bushy plants, literally providing tasty bean pods all summer long. This stringless bean is great for processing and storing, such as canning or freezing, but can be eaten fresh, as well. The Provider Bean has high resistance to Bean Mosaic Virus and Powdery mildew, making it super easy to grow. This variety can even germinate and grow well in cooler climates and soils. Due to this, it can be planted earlier than other varieties, making them great for shorter growing seasons. They even adapt well to lots of climates and soil conditions, and grows exceptionally well in the South too.
How To Grow
Sowing: Sow in average soil, in a sunny location, after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils. Sow seeds 3 inches apart, in rows 24 inches apart, and cover with 1 inch of soil. Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions. Thin to 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Beans do great companion planted with beets, carrots, and cucumbers. However, avoid growing near all members of the allium family, and sunflowers.
Growing: In dry weather, keep soil well watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Make sure foliage has time to dry in order to reduce disease. Do know that this plant can get scorched with intense heat. Fin de bagnol beans grow in a bush habit and don't really need support, but I did have to provide support once they got filled with beans.
Harvesting: To harvest, pick pods when young and tender for the best taste and tenderness. Check vines often since this is a very productive plant. By picking often, you are encouraging more bean production. Fresh beans are best used immediately, but will keep in the fridge for several days. To save seeds, allow the pods to mature fully and dry on the vine. If frost or rainy weather threatens before your beans are dry, pull the plants and allow them to dry indoors. They should be completely dry 10-15 days later. Remove the seeds from the pods by hand, and store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 3 years. These beans will also freeze well, if blanched first. Try these beans sauteed with butter, shallots, and garden herbs for a delectable treat.