Who says you can’t grow plants in the wintertime? Indoor gardening with the proper humidity and light can allow you to grow all kinds of plants even in the dead of winter. With the help of a germination tray and grow light, this provider bean is making moves in the middle of January.
After ordering organic provider beans online, we decided to give growing plants in the dead of winter a try.
We soaked the seed in water for 24 hours before planting to jump start germination. This seed was grown 1/2 inch below the soil in a closed germination tray, locking in humidity. The germination tray was kept under a grow light and this plant grew in 6 days.
Provider beans are a type of hearty bean plant that grows like a bush and reaches 18-20 inches at maturity. The beans from this plant are green beans which can be eaten raw or cooked. If you let the green beans mature and dry, you’ll have delicious beans for soups or for planting next year.
When given a stick to support its growth, this little beanstalk was strong enough not to need it! Stay tuned for its growth over the winter and for more tips on indoor gardening.
Photos: Elizabeth Adan
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