How Do You Grow Mung Beans?


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Grow mung beans by choosing a suitable location, preparing the soil, planting the beans in rows, and watering and fertilizing them. When the bean plants are fully grown, harvest them and hang or spread them to dry. You need a spade, a rake, a hoe, compost and fertilizer.

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How Do You Grow Mung Beans?
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  1. Choose a location

    Plant mung beans in an area with full sunlight and well-draining, sandy soil. Test the soil to be sure the pH is between 6.2 and 7.2.

  2. Prepare the soil

    After the last frost, till the soil with a garden spade to a depth of about 6 inches. Work some compost into the tilled soil, and smooth the soil with a rake. Use a hoe to create rows 2 feet apart and 1 to 2 inches deep.

  3. Plant the beans

    Plant the beans 1 to 3 inches apart in the rows. Cover them with 1 inch of soil. While they are growing, use a hoe to break up the soil, and pull out weeds by hand.

  4. Water and fertilize the beans

    Water the beans well after planting, and keep the soil moist until the beans germinate. Afterwards, water deeply but infrequently to stimulate bean production. When the plants are 6 inches high, feed them a low-nitrogen garden fertilizer.

  5. Harvest the beans

    Harvest the beans about 100 days after they are planted. Pull the entire plant out of the ground. Tie the plants together in bunches, and hang them upside down to dry in a shed. Alternatively, spread newspapers in the shed, and dry them on the floor. After they dry completely in the pods, store the beans in glass jars.

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