How to plant soybeans?

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Beans, Blog

Tuesday 5-1-2012

Soybeans are a great source of protein. I like to harvest them when they are still green, but the beans are nice and full in the pod. Eating this immature bean is referred to as edamame.


Tools & materials needed?

Pointed hoe, metal rake, soybean seed


You should plant your soybeans in the late spring, when the soil and air temperatures are warm. I am a little early here, but I like to preserve a lot of my soybeans, so I don’t like late Summer or Fall harvests for soybeans, as I will be busy harvesting many other fruits and vegetables at that time.


Soil type?

Soybeans will grow in most soils, they like lime and moist soil.


Companions soybeans love?



Companions that love soybeans?

Corn, carrots, rosemary



Soybean seed is a large sized seed that requires a depth of 1 inch. 



I put soybeans about 3 inches apart. The seed being so large, it is easy to place them pretty accurately apart. I very rarely have issues with the soybean seed not germinating.


How to plant the seed?

1. I mulch my garden, so I first take my metal rake and pull the mulch away from the area I am going to plant.


2. I make a 1 inch deep trench with my pointed hoe.


3. I drop the seed in the trench about 3 inches apart.


1” deep trench with soybeans 3” apart


4. I gently push the soil (not the mulch) back over the trench with the backside of my metal rake.


5. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the pointed hoe to connect the seed to the soil.


6. I push the mulch back over the planted area. I am not worried about the soybean seed making it through the mulch.


7. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.


Soil raked over seed, tamped, and then mulch put back

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