To grow Lima beans, start the seeds in the spring when the ground is 60 degrees or warmer, provide a trellis or string for the vine to climb and snap the beans off when they are ready to encourage more bean production. Grow Lima beans as part of a kitchen garden with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow lima beans. Now, lima beans are used in soups and in all types of Asian dishes, and they're a really nice plant to have in your kitchen garden, and there's many different uses. And they're really easy to grow, just like any other bean. Especially, just like green beans. So you start the seeds in the spring, whenever it's sixty degrees and above. You don't want them to get too cold. They're a warm climate plant, they don't like to be too cold, and you can start them indoors and then move them outdoors if you live in a colder climate or if you live in a warmer climate, you just start them whenever the ground is sixty and above. And they'll start growing immediately, and they're a vine, so you've got to give them either a piece of string or a trellis or a fence to grow up onto, and they will grow all summer through the fall. And they'll keep producing vegetables too, as the summer progresses. And the trick with them is, just like green beans, as soon as the bean looks full--it's a green cover with lots of beans inside and it starts to pop just a bit and it looks really full before it's turning brown--that's the best time to snap them off. And the trick with lima beans is to make sure and snap all of the beans off periodically, because if you don't snap them off, they'll stop growing, and you won't get more beans through the fall. And even if you snap them off and freeze them, at least you'll have them through the winter and you can get as much vegetables off of them as possible. And again, they don't want to get too hot either. If you live in a really desert-y hot climate, you may want to put them in part shade, whereas if you live in a milder climate, you want to give them as much sun as possible. And they want a lot of water, but they want to dry out in between. So you live in a really wet climate, then you might really try to dry them out in between, because they don't want to stay too wet because sometimes they can get mold on them if it's too wet. But they're so easy to grow. As long as you put them in a sunny spot that's warm and give them something to grow onto, and cut out the beans as they develop, you will have lots and lots of lima beans in your garden.