Soy Bean 'Green'
A late spring or summer crop in the southern areas of Australia, stagger your sowing for an extended harvest. An annual bush bean, they are easy to grow and highly rewarding. Edamame are the young pods, with immature seed, while soy milk is extracted from mature seeds and used to make tofu.
A warm season crop, sow Soy Beans directly when soil temperatures reach at least 15-18 degrees C and all likelihood of frost has passed. Sow in full sun in a rich soil around 4cm deep and about 10cm apart, (space rows around 45cm apart). Water regularly during germination. Seed should germinate in 7-10 days. Protect seedlings from snails and slugs, especially while young. Harvest as soon as the pods are plump and the seed is nearly full sized, but still green usually 6-7 weeks from sowing or leave to mature and wait for the pods fall to the ground to harvest dried beans.