Do I need to add nitrogen for beans?
Southern peas, English peas, and beans are all legumes and will form symbiotic relationships with bacteria in the soil. The bacteria will fix nitrogen for the plant to use. With the exception of green beans grown at high populations for mechanical harvest, peas and beans generally require no more than 20 pounds of nitrogen per acre to obtain good yields. The green beans are generally harvested before the plant-bacteria relationship has time to develop.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most gardens look dead in the winter as gardeners wait for spring to put in their crops, but these plots can come alive in January with fresh vegetables for the table.
David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said mid- to late-January is the time to plant peas and greens.
"Mississippi gardeners don't plant peas nearly as much as they used to, but these vegetables thrive in our climate," Nagel said.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Just as Good Friday signals the time to get the spring garden in the ground, August's heat is the indication that it's time to plant the fall garden.
David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said now is the time to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas and beans.
"Summer gardens typically wind down in early August when the temperatures start being consistently above 95 degrees," Nagel said. "That's when you clean the garden out and plant the fall garden."