Avonnow wrote:Hey Green Thumb in LA, do soybeans grow well in spring where you are or do they do alright when it gets warmer, I am in Florida and I love them, but never even thought of trying to grow them, are they bush or climbers - are they kinda like peas you need alot to make a meal. I find with alot of bush beans and such I just don't have enough property to make it worth while. They grow, but after picking and shelling - it is a pitaful amount. Just curious what you grow, maybe I will try them next year if it is too late this year.
I planted them in mid February this year but only because we had such a mild winter and it didn't look like it was going to do anything but get warmer as the year progressed.
They did quite well and just about every seed I put in the ground came up. I planted them very dense in a row 24 inches wide with 2 sets of plants in the row about 1 ft. apart and only about 2 inches or so between plants in each row. Most of the plants had about 24 or so pods on average but one plant had 52 pods-----I had to count since when I pulled the plants to harvest them I saw it was loaded.
They are bush type beans. I don't shell them. I clean them, in the meantime I get a large pot of water and salt it heavily and bring it to a boil. I'll put the pods in the water, bring it back to a boil and cook for only about 5 minutes and drain them. Then spread them on a towel to let them cool and stop cooking(don't pile them up). When I eat them, I just use my teeth to get the bean out the pod and toss the pod away since they are pretty tough. This is how the serve them in Japanese Restaurants as Edamame.
You have a very similar growing season to mine I would think. Give them a try next year once you are sure no more frosts are likely to happen.
By the way, nice crop of tomatoes you are harvesting. Mine are suffering this year from BER and pest damage. I've not seen garden pests this bad in years and it is still early in the summer season. I'm almost ready to pull the tomato plants and stick in 3 rows of okra and feed the entire neighborhood.