If you were to pick only one crop for your garden, we would recommend the venerable bean. With minimum effort and relatively little space, you can produce tremendous yields from either the compact bush-type bean or the graceful pole-type bean. Warmer Canadian climate zones are well-suited for growing beans, although these hardy vegetables can be grown in a variety of conditions.
Beans are best planted in light, organic, and well-drained soil that has warmed to at least 16 C (60 F), so we recommend seeding later in the spring. Pole beans will require the support of poles, trellises, or netting to grow, while bush beans are able to grow on their own. Both varieties should be evenly watered as the plants start to flower and pod production begins.