Beans include a great variety of crops from Runner Beans to delicious Dry Soup Beans. Each bean variety has a unique flavor and characteristic to add to your garden and your kitchen.
Their variety and versatility make growing beans a favorite among backyard gardeners. All bean varieties are easy to grow, and all need the same growing conditions - the prime one being plenty of warmth.
Begin planting beans one to two weeks after the last expected frost, when the soil temperature has reached at least 60 degrees F. Plant the seeds about one inch deep and 2-3 inches apart, in rows about 18-24 inches apart. Thin when the seedlings emerge so that bush varieties are five to six inches apart, pole beans six to eight inches. In humid climates, increase the distance between plants to allow good air circulation. Provide support for vines in the form of a trellis or pole. Bean seedlings need protection from slugs and snails.
Companion Planting Tip: Inter-planting beans with carrots may encourage predatory wasps.