Beans (Dry) Growing Guide

Beans (Dry)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

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

Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Potatoes, Strawberry, Catnip, Rosemary and Lettuce.

Spacing

Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 1' 1" (35cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 3 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

The pods of many dry beans can be eaten as snap beans when very young.

Harvesting

Gather pods when they dry to tan. Allow the harvested beans to dry indoors for one to two weeks before storing in a cool, dry place. Most varieties produce all at once.

Troubleshooting

Pods that come into contact with soil are prone to rot. Mulch to prevent this problem.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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