If you enjoy growing pinto beans but don't have a garden, you can grow them indoors. Growing pinto beans is a practical idea, partly because these beans can be used in many culinary applications, but also because they have a long shelf life. Here are 7 steps you can follow to successfully grow pinto beans.

    TIP: Our seasoned horticultural consultant Susan Patterson adds: "Store dry beans in the freezer for four hours to kill any insects or larvae before placing them in glass jars for dry storage."

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    Step 1 - Choose your preferred seedbed

    Use a flower box, an old chest of drawers filled with garden soil, a hydroponic growing box, or build a simple shallow box and fill it with 4 or 5 inches of potting soil or topsoil.

    Step 2 - preparing the soil for planting

    If you are using topsoil outdoors, make sure it warms up to at least 50 degrees before planting seeds. Leave the soil slightly moist. Pinto beans can rot before germination if the soil they are planted in is moist. Before planting, find a spot near a window where the beans will be exposed to direct daylight. Add 2-3 inches of mulch between rows. This will help control weeds and retain moisture.

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    Step 3 - prepare pinto beans for planting

    Prepare the beans for planting by placing them in a damp paper towel, then place the towel in a plastic sandwich bag and keep in a dark, warm place until some of them begin to sprout. This should take 5 to 7 days. Or soak them overnight in warm water before planting.

    Step 4 - plant pinto beans

    To plant the beans, dig a narrow furrow 1½ to 2 inches deep. Throw the beans into the furrow 4 inches apart. If using a planter box 24 ”or less, create 1 row of seeds in the center of the planter box. This distance will allow you to work and aerate the soil. To help you remember where the beans are planted, run the string along the top of the furrow. After planting, lightly spray the planted soil with water to keep the surface moist without disturbing the planted seeds.

    Step 5 - fertilize the soil

    When the beans are 4-6 inches tall, apply 4-10-10 fertilizers to the soil, being careful not to damage the young plant roots.

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    Step 6 - Till the seed drill

    As the plants grow, cultivate the soil where there are no roots or bean sprouts, such as between rows. This loosening of the soil will prevent soil compaction and help prevent weed growth. If the weeds do grow, pull them out by hand. Be careful not to disturb the growing roots or sprouts.

    Step 7 - water the plants

    Pinto bean seedlings should be given a minimum amount of water. This means that you should only water them when the soil in the planter box has only recently dried out.

    TIP: Susan suggests, "Stick your finger in the ground up to the joint, and if you're drying, then water the beans."

    Step 8 - Harvest the beans

    Harvest pinto beans that you want to eat fresh when the pods are 3 inches long, or leave them on the vine to dry.

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