Beans (Bush Snap) Growing Guide

Beans (Bush Snap)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun to very light shade.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.

Companions

Beet, Marigold, Carrot, Celery, Swiss Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Peas, Potatoes, Strawberry, Radish and Cabbage.

Spacing

Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 1' 1" (35cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Bush beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow; highly recommended for first-time gardeners. Also can be used as a warm-weather cover crop to boost soil nitrogen levels.

Harvesting

Gather pods before they fill with seeds. When picked often, many varieties continue to produce for up to a month.

Troubleshooting

Japanese beetles and Mexican bean beetles sometimes damage leaves and pods. Gather them in broad containers of soapy water in the cool of the morning.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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