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Bean, Gold Mine

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Ultra-sweet wax bean.

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Gold Mine produces very high yields of crisp, ultra-sweet wax beans that are borne on compact and unusually upright plants. The beans grow together in clusters that make harvest a snap. Beans are 5-5 1/2" long. Plants yield early and need no support. One 2 oz. seed pack will sow a row of about 20 ft. Our seed is not treated.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

5-6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
5-6 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Gold Mine is rated 4.55 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Taste and Yield Last year I attempted growing these beans in my inherited community plot, and the plants were totally barren and of poor stature. I decided to give them another try this year and boy was I glad I did. Plant height is short for a bean, but the yields are very high for the short height. I was able to get these in the ground in late February, and a little over 2 months later the plants are loaded with more on the way. The flavor is silky smooth and buttery, and they are delicate yet flavorful enough for me. These will be a permanent garden staple for future seasons.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Producer! Growing Gold mine green beans is so easy. The taste is remarkable and they produce to quickly. A lot of beans for just one plant so picking and freezing is the best way to preserve them for throughout the winter months. Definitely a family favorite!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb and productive I didn't grow these this year due to space limitations and a desire to try some other heirloom varieties, but these remain my all time favorite and I will grow lots of them next year and start canning them. They have a terrific, buttery flavor and produce scads of beans with an extended harvest. Best of all they are easy to see when picking them because of their golden yellow color. Two years ago I planted these in a low hoop house over a raised bed on November 30. I know, nuts, right? But I placed gallon milk jugs full of water inside and the beans grew beautifully all winter long, with highs in my mini greenhouse usually in the 70's. They didn't flower and produce beans in the winter because of insufficient daylight but when days got longer I took the plastic cover off I harvested tasty Gold Mine beans from early March (when everyone else was just thinking about planting them) until late July. I'm going to plant beans as a winter crop again this year and see if I can get away with it again. Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. This is far from ideal bean growing circumstances, but these Gold Mine bean have earned a permanent spot in my garden.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy bean Crisp, flavorful, tender. A great mix with traditional green beans.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great yellow bean This is the best Yellow Bean I have ever grown. Our family likes tender,thin crisp beans they are very drought and heat tolerant. I have been growing this bean for 4 years and have never been disappointed. I was able to pressure can 50 jars this summer and could have done more but for lack of time.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific producers! This season was my first attempt at home gardening, and I selected these wax beans in the hopes of having some success for my initial try. Of all of the items I planted, these beans were the easiest to grow and maintain, and produced copious quantities of beans throughout the season. Super crisp, tasty, and the kids love them. I'll definitely grow these every season!
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge producer-delicious beans! My 12year old son absolutely loves these beans! They are sweet and taste wonderful. I only bought 1 packet last year, planted late for our season, and was able to eat and can an amazing amount of beans. I was very impressed with the taste, quality and quantity of beans. My son will be so happy when he sees these growing in the garden next year!
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, sweet flavor, but low "survival rate" These are sweet, delicate beans with wonderful color. Unfortunately for us, however, the germination rate was low, both for the spring and fall crops. Also, the seedlings must be delicious, as birds decapitated many in both crops and the bugs totally destroyed the rest of the fall crop! We planted in conjunction with Contender green beans, which had a much, much higher survival rate. Once the Gold Mine plants made it through, however, they were lovely, with lots and lots of beans, more luscious and tender than the green ones, at 49 days. We got an overwhelming 1st crop, an OK 2nd crop (about 50% less), and a spotty 3rd crop, then pulled them out. We would plant again only if we could cover the seedlings; too bad we can't.
Date published: 2012-09-17
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