Going for the Green on St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Whether savoring a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, or drinking a pint, many enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Children wear green so they won’t get pinched, adults drink green beer, and Billy Albertson plants green beans.

Do what?

Yes. Billy Albertson plants a row of green beans on St. Patrick’s Day.

“I had a brother who planted his green beans on St. Patrick’s Day. They always seemed to make it. I like to keep that tradition alive.”

Of course our friends to the north can’t plant green beans now, but they can sprinkle a few lettuce seeds into the soil. For those living beneath the sultry Mason-Dixon line, (where it was 89 degrees just two days ago), planting green beans takes only a moments time.

Here’s a tip: Before cranking the tiller, sharpening the spade, or scooping the first cup of fertilize, pour the beans into a cup of water. The seeds immediately begin absorbing water. I would also suggest placing one drop of Nelson’s Grow Best Plant Food in the water.

Available at HomeDepot
and online.

Here is a link to their product. If you are a first-time visitor to this blog and are unfamiliar with this product, trust me. This is the liquid fertilize for you. The tiny white container is super concentrated 2 tablespoon per one gallon of water.  Available at the Home Depot, and through the online link, this product does not burn plants, and absolutely will not turn your fingers blue.

Now, back to planting.

Long-term forcasts predict a dry growing season. For that reason, one will need to plant a bit deeper than I usually like. Planting deeper encourages strong roots. Scatter the seeds, then apply water to the rows before covering the seeds with dirt. (you can also use the plant food-laced water at this phase of planting). Cover the rows with dirt. Take two steps back and place your hands on hips.Nodd slightly. You have just begun a gardening tradition that-if Mother Nature allows-should produce an early crop of green beans.

For readers anywhere near the Atlanta Metro area, Billy Albertson and I are leading a “down to earth” gardening workshop this Wednesday at 6 pm at the Alpharetta Public Library where FREE…. I said, free samples of Grow Best and vegetable seeds will be available (while supplies last). Learn more here. Come see us.

Renea Winchester is the author of In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love and Tomatoes. Learn more about her at


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One response to “Going for the Green on St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Mark S.

    March 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    The traditional planting date for beans in my area is over a month away, but with this weather I am very tempted to plant a row now.


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