help with bean towers
Primarily, I'd be growing green beans; however I'd also like to do lima and edamame (baby green soy beans). With the soy and lima, they'd be for shelling.
For lima and edamame, I'd like to get about 25 lbs. of fresh shelled beans; however is this even possible with container gardening, or not worth it? Note this is NOT dry beans, but fresh shelled.
I have various questions regarding this. First I'm wondering which variety of bean to plant, pole or bush; I know pole is a heavier yield, but they take longer to mature, and my growing season is short.
Next, I have to think about space, as I have a limited amount, and which type will maximize the space, pole or bean.
How many bean plants would I have to plant to get 50-75 lbs. of fresh beans. I know how many lbs. per plant you would yield depends on variety.
However with either bush or pole, can you recommend a variety that is heavy yielding, and if so how many lbs. per plant does it yield?
The other thing I need to figure out is if I do bean towers, how many beans plants can I plant per tower without overcrowding them? Also, how far apart would the bean towers need to be spaced; I ask this because the beans will be grown via container gardening, either raised beds or SFG.
A very stupid question, but do the bean plants climb up the tower by themselves, or do you have to train them to do it? I don't know, as I've never grown pole beans before.