Growing Lima Beans

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How to grow Lima Beans

This variety is quite distinct from the French and Broad Beans. Under suitable conditions, it is one of the most productive and nutritious Beans under cultivation. Lima Beans have an extremely delicate flavour, and are not only valuable in the green state, but when dried, if properly cooked, are much superior to Haricot Beans.

The soil requirements, soil preparation, and general cultivation are the same as that recommended for French Beans.

Seed should not be sown before the middle of Spring as these beans love the warmth, and successional sowings can be made right through to the Autumn . Lima Beans do best in warm districts and must not on any account be sown until the ground is fairly warm so if you’re in a cool climate it’s probably best to start them in a propagator or seed box. There are both Dwarf and Tall varieties of lima beans.

 Sow the dwarf, bushy sorts in drills 2 feet apart, allowing 18 inches between the plants in the rows. Sow the seed about 2 inches deep. Plant the tall sorts in rows three feet apart, allowing about three feet between the seed in the rows.  Sow the seed of tall Lima Beans about three inches deep. If the pods are gathered as soon as the seeds attain their fully-matured size, but before they begin to harden, the plants will, under ordinary conditions, keep on bearing throughout the Summer and Autumn. The seeds or beans are eaten in a similar way to Broad Beans or Haricots.

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