A Bit Early?

Green Beans - I think they are pole beans. Not positive as these are being grown from the plants of last year.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
April 3, 2008 11:09am CST
The attatched photo is one of a dozen Green Bean Plants that I have started indoors for my garden. I am in Minnesota and the usual last threat of frost is mid May. Well seems I am always over anxious for gradeniong as I do this each year. The beans are getting very large now and still a month at least until I can plant them outdoors. Would they thrive if I planted them in a large patio flower box till time to set outdoors? The cups they are in now are getting too small is why I ask. they need more room for their root system to grow etc. Have you ever started way too early for your graden as well? What is the average time of the year that you can start planting things outside in your garden? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@minnie_98214 (10573)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Wow starting already you are crazy but i already knew that. Well im gonna wait a few more weeks at least. I can use the nursery this year so my cats wont knock them down and eat the leaves cause they are locked out of there.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Yeah but then you have to TAKE CARE OF THEM once you put them outside girl! I am going to transplant them into this window box this weekend I think. We want to hit Pahl's this month or maybe early May for some more plants. We may get another grape or two. Maybe a Crabapple tree also. I want it all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM DADDY!!~
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• United States
3 Apr 08
Yeah thats the tricky part we will see what I can do with my big belly in the way but thats why I had kids. They make good weed pullers lol.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Ty seems to love gardening anyhow. Put him to work. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM DADDY!!~
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• United States
3 Apr 08
i'm really excited on putting out garden outside our house. since i'm new here in U.S. i did not know when is the right time to plant. so what i did is put some tomato seeds and flower seeds in the pot and hoping that they will grow and ready to move this summer.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
What State do you live in? Most plants have to wait till there is no threat of heavy frost to plant outdoors. A heavy frost would kill them off. Good luck also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I think they'd do just fine if you planted them in another container. In fact, you can even keep them in a container - that's what container gardening is all about! I've got several started too - cukes and tomatoes are going into a bigger container, and the beans and snap peas should be sprouting any day. Most of my things will be staying in some sort of container, only the beans/peas will be put into the ground up against the house, I think.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I don't like indoor gardening. I like getting out in the fresh air getting my hands really dirty etc. Good deal. I have thought about planting some peas as well but have yet done it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Oh, my containers will go outside too. I didn't mean for you to do anything indoors. My point was that since people can have a nice garden strictly planting in containers, there's no reason why you should have a problem transferring your seedlings to a larger container, whether you put them in the ground later or not.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
No I mean I don't like doing things indoor as far as plants. Except the seedlings. I don't usually mess with all the houseplants and all ever. Those are the wifes job it seems. Mine is always the garden. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Hi Grandpa Bob Actually I start around the same time I plant my flowers which is about Mid June Than that way they have time to grow and it's not cold outside either... However it might but it won't harm them.. I can't say though I've ever planted anything this early because if I did I wouldn't have any place to put them mainly outside... We still have snow on the ground not much but there is some.. I too am always excited when gardening time comes around cause I want a nice garden (never did have one except for one year) lol and nice full bloom flowers.. Those I did get last year! Of course someone had to help me out with them cause they kept dying off the year before I never did figure out why either... they all had plenty of water and so on but I am thinking it was the soil it was in... I think if you had some bigger pots and enough soil you can plant them in those for the time being and place them next to window to get sun that might work... I am not saying I ever did that before but you just never know.. That's really the only thing I can suggest... I hope this helps!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
June? YIKES! Now that's really late. But then here we also have some flowers that we don't buy or plant in the flower boxes till June or July. Petunias marigolds etc. I am anxiously awaiting the warm up to start clearing away the mulch from this past winter and clean things up for the spring bllom. Especially my Lilies. Thanks also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
3 Apr 08
Thats when I was told to plant them and it even says on the back of the packages thats when you do... June is when things really start warming up.. Well May too but not as much...
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I usually plant things outside once I feel the frost is gone for the season. If it has been above 45 at night for a couple weeksa it is good to plant outdoors here. I always wait on my tomatoes though till mid or late May. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Apr 08
I have no idea, I have never planted before, I sure would like to. How do you plant tomatoes, I can't plant outside yet, there is still a yard full of snow though.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Tomato Seedlings - Here's one of many cups of tomatoes I started indoors
Here's a photo of one of many cuops I have planted. I use 16 oz plastic cups with a small hole punched in the bottom for drainage. Some soil and a couple seeds in each cup. They take about 3 weeks to pop up usually. Sometimes 2 weeks as well. I plant them seperately into a larger plastic container as they get a few inches tall. I use butter dishes, cottage cheese containers, yugurt cups. Most any decent sized container works as well as it is cleaned well. Once outside tomatoes need morning sunshine. So a sunny spot is good but not too long of time in the sun. A few hours is great is why I plant them in the morning sunshine area. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I have had a garden since I was growing up on the farm. I miss those days. I've seen several discussions recently here about gardens, and it is making me want to plant one this year. Thing is I probably wouldn't even have time to water the darn plants. So what all will you have in your garden? If I would plant anything, probably would be beans, tomatoes and cucumbers!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Seedlings enjoying The Sunshine & Warmth - Sitting outside loving the weather
I always have time for a garden as you know from my discussions in the sppring and summer as welll in the fall. I love gardening. It's nearly 60 out today and sunny so I have my seedlings sitting in the sunshine on my deck. Here they are. The cantelope are doing well too. The tall ones are my green beans. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
• Philippines
4 Apr 08
Well Grandpa I think it would be best for you to transfer the plant to a bigger place. The flower box would be a good start. It would need to have more space to grow on. Having it in a small container would just make the growth of the plant much slower. I have a small garden outside my house but since we dont have any winter here plants just grow there. I have several plants in there...I also have a fruit tree called atis and I have chili...and some other plants.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 08
The box I plan on using will be good enough for at least 8 plants of the beans. And it would even be large enough for them to grow permanently in it as well I think. We shall see. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Apr 08
i guess here in Southern cal you could start stuff in your garden any time you want. I have a small patch of ground around the concreter floor in our patio and am seriously thinking of planting some veggies but it will entail digging out the wild grasses and weeds first which my son will have to do. gardening could keep me out of mischief.lol
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I think I would go bonkers being down South where gardening is year round. I would ,feel it was TOO much work then. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I'm sure that would be fine, but I'm not really the person to ask - I have a black thumb, I can kill any plant in no time flat! We could be putting stuff out now if I wanted to fight with the bugs - not me. We got a big black stink bug in the house last night - the cats enjoyed it.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I can't kill weeds even with pesticides my thumb is so green. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Marg12 (329)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I start some plants inside too cause I get anxious about having some good plants. I usually just do flowers cause I have red clay here and it is way too hard to dig in, to plant vegetables. But I am much luckier than you, cause I live in S.C. and so our last frost comes earlier than yours. I can usually start putting plants out about now, or the middle of April. I have never started too early for my garden. Sometimes I wish that I had started earlier, so the plants were bigger. I think you should be able to put them in a patio flower box in the house. The only problem as you probably know already, is that it will be hard on the plants to transplant them again. Wonder if you could find something to plant them in, that you could put right into the ground without having to actually transplant them?? I don't know if they make something like that, but maybe.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
We have great soil plus I seem to have a green thumb. Anything and everything I plant seems to thrive here in my yard. They do have those baskets made of some fuzzy gunk that wiould be able to pe planted right in the ground but too exspensive. I'll transplant them to the flower boxes then once it's really nice during the days I'll set them outside getting used to the air etc then plant them in the ground after a few days etc. Thanks. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
3 Apr 08
We have to wait until mid May around here too. I usually start bean plants right in the ground. They grow so fast, you can get a couple of plantings of beans. They only take 45 days till macurity. I think you can plant the in the flower box and they should be fine. Do you have any big buckets to use. Buy the time you can plant them outside you could have beans on the plants already. You can have an indoor garden of beans, specially if you have a warm sunny place to put them. Fresh green beans are so good.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I've got all sorts of conatiners to use. I got to run out and get some soil though. We love just going out back and munching on the beans raw right off the stalk. Yummy! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
3 Apr 08
My dad swore by May 22nd for our area (ohio). He said that the danger of the final frost should be over by then. I cannot wait to plant tomato plants this year. I would think that your bean plants would survive planting them in something larger until you can transplant them outside.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
About the same here ion Minnesota for frost free planting. But I HATE waiting that long. I mean HATE it. But I could not live in a warmer climate. I love my snow a bit much as well. So I have to compromise is all. Guess one year I'll actually wait huh? I doubt that. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@whittby (3073)
• United States
3 Apr 08
They'll definitely do well in a larger box - I used to do that all the time with flowers and vegetables. If you don't give them more room, they'll get all leggy on ya. This is especially bad for the flowers, the beans sprawl anyway don't they - I'm imagining a jack and the beanstalk vine growing in your kitchen by planting time!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Thanks. The window boxes I have won't be used until the beans are to go outside anyhow so that's good as well. These don't spread but get they do get very tall is all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Green Beans - Yummy to the tummy! Fresh veggies from the garden are the best!
I don't see why not... As long as the cold doesn't get to them and they get plenty of sun and the roots aren't exposed when transplanting them, I don't see why they would'nt thrive. It seems you're a bit anxious in getting your garden started this year but it's ok, as long as you care for them properly then it should be ok. Good luck!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
 Planter Box - Transplanting the beans in the background to this flower box soon
I care for my garden items like they were my babies. This is one of the window boxes I am using this weekend to transplant the beans. Right now I have 9 of the 12 beans sprouted. Will be planting more outdoors when it's warm as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Fishmomma (11467)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I never start anything early here; however, I'm your warm weather friend. Right now, I'm your wet friend, but its still not really cold, as the temperature is still up there. The weeds should really enjoy themselves this week. I have extra time to type, as its to wet outside.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Well get busy typing and starting discussions. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Your as bad as I am, Grandpa Bob. lol Just can't wait to get the garden going even with snow still on the ground. You can go ahead and transplant them in a bigger container. Just make sure you can still move the container is all. I'm going to be planting my beans within the next few days and know they will be ready for the ground by end of this month. I was told by several ppl already that potatoes should be planted on Good Friday but I can't do that as they are already sprouted and we are still getting frost at night. The potato bed is ready to go thou. I made a Lasauna Garden last spring and piled more leaves on it last fall. It's sitting partially under a tree where part of our old driveway used to be so I couldn't plant directly in the ground there. The leaves have slowly rotted over the winter and is now down to half the size it was last fall. Potatoes should be very happy there this year. Who knows? I might get a bug up my butt this weekend and plant the potatoes after all.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Oh the container will be on the microwave in the dining room where it gets pleanty of sun all day long. I turn them now every few hours as well to get the most from the sun. We are still below freezing at nights as well here. Usually May 15th is the day of the threat of frost gone. But I can't recall ever waiting that long. HAPPY GARDENING!!~ HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Those are some nice looking bean plants. I cannot help you because we don't have any soil where we live, and it gets so hot here I don't think that sort of thing would grow anyway. But the last time I planted beans we lived in the MidWest and just when they were about the size of yours, some evil bug came along and sliced right through the stems. All that was left was the stalks. They looked like they had been cut right off with a razor blade. Does anyone know what kind of insect would do that?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Apr 08
You sound like me, awfully keen to get things in the ground! Your beans plants won't suffer from being repotted into larger pots. Alternativly, how about planting them out but protecting them with fleece for a while? I have aubergines out with fleece over just now and they're doing very well. The beans I planted out direct are coming up sporadically. I think they know that the weather is still a bit dodgy!!