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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Peas Vs Green Beans: A Healthy Competition
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Welcome to Day 21 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden.

Now that you have planted most of your vegetables from seeds, you may have extra seeds that you were wondering what to do with. If so, check out my Day 20 article: How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - How To Preserve Extra Seeds for some great tips on this.

Peas vs. Green Beans - A Healthy Competition

Exactly one week ago, I started another round of seedlings. It was time to start my peas, green beans, cucumbers and another set of peppers since my first set of pepper seeds didn't take too well.

I decided to plant my pea seeds directly into my raised bed and plant my green beans into my seed starter pods. I wanted to have a little healthy competition between the two plants to see who grew better under their conditions.

The winner is...the green beans. Within one day, the green beans in their indoor seed starter pods (with greenhouse cover) sprouted and ever since, they have grown an inch or two a day! One week later, my green beans are a foot tall, already have their first set of true leaves (which are about 2 inches in diameter!) and are starting on their second set. The green beans are ready for transplanting already!

The peas just started to sprout yesterday. When I checked them today, I had a dozen or so little seedlings popping through the dirt, roughly 1/2 inch above ground.

Both plants germinated well. I believe the green beans are 100% germination, while the peas are so far around 70-80% but since they are just starting to break through the dirt, I am sure this percentage will increase.

And both germinated with tremendous ease! I am completely amazed by how quickly and easily they have grown. I have the peas set to grow up a tomato cage and will be building a trellis for the green beans to grow up this week.

The picture attached to this article was taken 6 days after planting. The green beans are about 10 inches tall in this picture. The plants behind them are about 4 inches tall and are pickling cucumbers. They have also had a great germination rate and are progressing nicely!

If you are thinking of planting green beans or peas, I highly recommend it. So far, they have been extremely easy to start, just make sure to have a support system tall enough for them to grow up, as these wandering plants need plenty of space to grow.

30 Day Challenge

Please continue to follow me on my 30 Day Challenge. I am learning so much from my little garden and love researching and sharing my information with you. I hope to inspire people who have never gardened before to stop making excuses and give it a try. You will be glad you did!


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Nice article, have a green house myself tying to grow tomatoes and some salad at the moment.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Good luck with your salad greenhouse this year, James. Keep us updated on your progress!

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  about 7 years ago

wonderful article and wonderful idea on a vegetable garden hope to see more

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you, Jacob!

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

I like yr picture - the seedlings, sooo adorable. Nice work. I can vouch for the enthusiasim of green beans. When my partner was living in his bachelor pad years ago he had beans that were going out of control that he used to pick off and much with delight. Also radishes were very good growers for him - have you got some of those too?

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, C4rmen, these green beans are amazing! The peas have taken off, they are about 3 inches tall now, but the beans...wow! As for radishes, I am not growing them this year. One of the few vegetables not in my garden! I need to leave something new for next year.

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

fantastic article

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you, Barbara

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  about 7 years ago

Love the photo AJ...plants look healthy and strong....Some seeds really want warm soil to really germinate good...I tried to rush planting some of my seed like corn, okra, and green beans and only got spotty germination.....replanted and all is looking good now... Good information AJ

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Kevin! As I commented on Rob below, I'm really loving the process of starting seeds indoors. The plants are so strong and healthy when transplanted. I understand there are a few plants that dislike transplanting, cauliflower among them (which I learned AFTER I planted them in seed pods). But, so far even my transplanted cauliflower is doing well in my raised bed. As always, I appreciate your visit and expert advice, Kevin. You have been a tremendous resource in my journey and I thank you for your help!

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  about 7 years ago

May start my Squidoo lens very soon....garden is really starting to take off now....had a good mess of spuds that were grown in my compost bin this past Sunday...:)

  
  about 7 years ago
  

That's fantastic, Kevin! My potatoes are almost ready for their second layer of soil already. It's hard to believe, but they are doing fantastic! I just hope there are lots of little spuds under that soil! Let me know when that lens it ready, I'm looking forward to it!

  
  about 7 years ago

AJ, you're becoming a master gardener! And quite an accomplished storyteller. Thanks for sharing another great article in your journey of "my 30 Day Challenge" -- and today's wandering plants growing away.

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  about 7 years ago
  

I appreciate the title, Cynthia! As a former killer of all house plants, being named a "master gardener" is quite an award! Thank you!

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  about 7 years ago

A pinning we will gooooo. :)

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  about 7 years ago
  

great, now I've got that song in my head...haha, thanks Shawn.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi AJ I have always planted beans and peas direct into the soil, a day in the fridge and they grow like the clappers when planted. Peas believe it or not never seem to have a 100% germination, I don't know why. You are doing a brilliant job with this 30 day garden well done. I love it when someone makes a success, and you are.

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  about 7 years ago
  

After all my experiments indoors and outdoors starting seeds, I'm starting to become a lover of starting seeds indoors. The plants I started outside have just not done as well as the ones I started in pods indoors. But, I was excited to see that after lots of rain this morning my peas grew an inch or so in the last 24 hours. I appreciate your compliments, Rob. If I inspire non gardeners to garden then I have achieved my goal!

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  about 7 years ago

I should have added that I know nothing of your soil temperature ranges at this time of the year and it would seem that ours far higher than yours. seed germination is a study all on its own, with soil conditions and temperatures being two of the important factors, you are doing a sterling job AJ and I learn from your experiences. It would be interesting in the end to compare notes, as the obvious differences are the wheres and the whens of location. I would respectfully suggest a max and min temp gauge be bought as each year a new experience, the differing weather conditions can play a big part in the success of your endeavours.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

A max and min temp gauge? Something new for me to research. I love your comments, as well as Kevin's. You're always teaching me something new and pointing me in a new research direction. I will say this. I am going to need more grow lights next year as I've become completely in love with starting my seeds indoors.The plants are so much healthier and stronger, it's unbelievable!

  
  about 7 years ago

Awsome AJ! And thanks for the picture. It was exciting to see it as I'm always a visual person! We still haven't done much gardening but the lettuce is keeping us in greens so I just planted more this week to keep it moving through!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks! What type of lettuce are you growing, Heather? I've been researching lettuce the last few days and I'm amazed at the number of varieties out there! I've got 5 iceberg and 1 grand rapids growing - I wish more of the grand rapids took since they are the leaf variety. I'll probably plant more seed once these pods are transplanted.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi AJ, we usually buy mixed punnets. These have things like cos, minunette, fancy leaf varieties and butter lettuce. I don't do iceberg which is perhaps why you were surprised how quickly I was harvesting. I start taking the outer leaves while the plant is still growing which keeps us in lettuce longer. It's usually a mixed bowl of baby leaves. Letting the plant mature more means it goes quickly to seed here (because of the heat) and then it's bitter and can't be enjoyed. We also plant spinach and beets for the baby greens. They add interest and colour.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

I will be planting more of the "leaf" variety later this year (fall perhaps?). We'll see how the iceberg goes this year, I may stick solely to leaf varieties going forward due to their ability to re-grow and continue to produce for longer. My little iceberg plants look so ready to eat now, even though they are small and leafy. However, I don't think they will grow back if I cut them now so I'll just have to wait. And don't get me started on the spinach! My second set of seeds haven't grown either. UGH!

  
  about 7 years ago

I can't wait to see some more of the photos of the beans and peas in a week or so AJ. It won't be long before you are tasting those veggies!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Jay, I cannot wait to steam my first set of green beans fresh from the garden. Thanks for the visit!

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  about 7 years ago
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