Bean - Edamame - Soybean (Glycine max) “be sweet” - Organic NonGMO Soybeans Legume Vegetable
Edamame (Glycine max) is the name given to the young pods of the soybean plant; these are also called 'green soybeans'. The pods are inedible, and the beans inside the pods have a creamy texture and a pea-like flavour.
Edamame is a legume and related to lima beans, peas, and snap beans. There are a lot of reasons for growing edamame in your garden- one is its ease of cultivation. Edamame is a very low maintenance crop, and also has growing needs similar to those of bush beans.
We recommend direct seeding, no need to mess with indoor seed starting; the productive plants yield a heavy crop of fuzzy pods with 2 to 3 protein packed beans. Edamame are buttery and delicious, and the perfect green bean crop for a home vegetable garden.
- Plant edamame in late spring in a garden bed that offers full sun, at least 6 hours of direct light each day.
- The plants grow fine in soils with average fertility and I like to enrich the soil with an inch of compost before planting.
- If your soil is poor I’d also recommend adding a slow release organic fertilizer to the bed when you plant. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which promote lush leafy growth, but can impact pod production.
- Another step is to treat the seeds with a natural soybean inoculant to promote healthy plant growth, dense root formation, and higher yields.
- Soybeans can be planted in containers, elevated planters, or growing systems
- It’s easy to grow edamame from seed. Like bush beans, this is a frost tender vegetable and can’t be planted until the risk of frost has passed in spring and the soil has warmed to at least 65 F (18 C).
- Planting in cold wet soil can cause soybean seeds to rot so don’t try to rush edamame into the garden.
- In short season regions, you can give Mother Nature a helping hand by pre-warming the soil before planting. Lay a sheet of black or clear plastic on top of the bed leaving it in place for 7 to 10 days. Remove when you’re ready to sow the seeds.
- When the growing conditions are right, sow seeds by planting them 1 to 1 1/2 in deep and 2 to 3 in apart. If there is a danger of frost after planting, cover the bed with a lightweight row cover.
- Thin the seedlings to 4 to 6 in apart once they’re growing well. Space rows 18 to 24 in apart.
- For an extended harvest, plant a second crop 3 to 4 weeks later.
- Seed count: 20