Bean Stalks and Such
Without the stem or stalk of a bean plant or any plant for that matter, you won’t be able to enjoy what it produces. Since we’re still talking ‘beans, the bean stalk is obviously necessary. Besides the bean stalk that produces bean pods from which we enjoy green or snap beans, artichokes also grow on a stalky plant producing the ‘fruit’. On some plants, the stalks themselves are edible. Celery and asparagus are vegetables that are eaten stem and all. Cruciferous plants feature several vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts to name a few, that grow on stalks or include edible stalks. Rhubarb grows as stalks but only the stalks are edible and used in many desserts; however, its leaves are not to be eaten.
If planting your own bean garden, keep beans 2 inches apart and in multiple rows 18 inches apart. As with any vegetable garden, water after planting and sprinkle with mulch to help water from evaporating from the ground and seeds. You can help germinate new growth by removing the pods once they are firm and dry to the touch.
Now as far as the English folklore of “Jack and The Bean Stalk” goes—I’m sure you’re familiar with the story—there’s no ‘magic beans’ by the way, and I wouldn’t suggest tossing out green bean seeds and hoping for a giant beanstalk.
With or without a bean stalk, dried beans can be used in making bean bags providing your family with hours of fun and entertainment.