Growing asparagus beans

This lovely story comes from our customers, Richard and Jennifer Shawver.

“Thanks for the book on potatoes which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve read everything except for the diseases. I also bought your book on tomatoes and enjoyed all the tips for growing.

We spend part of our time here in east Malaysia where my wife has her house. I’m from Seattle where we go to my home. She is an avid gardener while I just grow one or two things each year. In Malaysia gardening is year round while in Seattle there is only one crop per year. This year I want to try growing potatoes using your tyre method.
Attached is a couple pictures of Asparagus Beans or long beans. In Seattle we planted them and the bushes grew to about five feet tall and the beans were about five inches long and 3/16″ in diameter. The same seeds we brought to Malaysia and they grew to about 40″ long and 3/8” or more in diameter. It just shows you that what you can grow in one climate can’t be grown as well in the other climate.

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 Asparagus Beans grown in Seattle
 Same Asparagus beans grown in Malaysia

Again, thanks for your book.
Richard and Jennifer”


My thanks to Richard and Jennifer for providing this interesting story and images. It’s amazing what a difference climate can make to the growth habits of plants.


We welcome contributions from all our readers, so if you have a story to tell about your veggie growing experiences, please send an email to info at

Cheers, Annette Welsford

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Annette Welsford has a partial degree in Horticulture and a Post Graduate Certificate in marketing. Having lived in the cold, temperate and hot parts of Australia and the UK, she has gained experience over the years with gardening in a variety of climates. Annette also worked for a fertilizer company where she was responsible for developing, editing and publishing a range of technical manuals on nutrition and fungal diseases for a wide range of horticultural crops including tomatoes. Annette is Managing Director of Commonsense Marketing Pty Ltd, a publishing and marketing company, responsible for the editing, design and worldwide marketing of the How to Grow books, and other products. Commonsense Marketing also provides expert offline and online marketing consulting and design services to a variety of small to medium sized businesses.


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