Asparagus Bean, Dow Gauk - Yard Long Bean
Not a true bean, it is classified as Vigna sesquipedalis, a relative of the Mung Bean and Cowpea. Its long pods are best eaten at the 12-16 inch size, cut in lengths and use as a snap bean. Its flavor is more like asparagus than that of regular beans. Steam, stir fry or use in soups. Approximately 80 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season ClimatesSOWING: After all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of fine soil firmed down.
THINNING: When seedlings are about 3 inches high, thin to 3 strongest plants per pole in hills. Thin to 4 to 6 inches apart in rows.
SPACING: Provide 3 feet between hills or rows.
GERMINATION: 7 to 10 days depending upon soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Prefers sunny, warm areas, don't plant too early. Grow as you would pole beans in fairly rich well drained soil raised into hills. Provide 6 to 8 foot poles for this climber.