How to Plant Climbing Bean Plants


Beans are one of the plants in your garden that offers great variety. From green and wax snap beans to the dozens of different dried beans that a home gardener can grow, you can create an entire garden just made up of pole beans. Pole beans are one of the easiest plants to grow, so they are a good choice for the novice gardener. Small children can quickly plant a bean row, adding to the family plot with their own contributions.

Step 1

Plant your bean garden after all chance of frost has passed. Find your local frost date in the Farmers' Almanac or your local extension service. Dig down in your garden about 1 foot, removing any rocks or roots that you find. Mix a 3-inch layer of compost in with the top layer of the soil. Smooth the soil with a rake.

Step 2

Place the trellises in the center of the bean rows. Make sure the stakes are planted at least 12 inches deep. You may use commercial trellises or bamboo sticks or other materials, as long as they are at least 5 feet tall.

Step 3

Plant bean seeds on both sides of the trellises. Plant seeds about 3 inches apart from each other, and 1 to 1-1/2 inches deep. Make sure each pole has at least four seeds planted around its base.

Step 4

Water the seeds until the ground is saturated. Place newspaper on the ground around the plants after they have sprouted, to help hold the moisture in the soil. Make sure that the bean plants get at least 1 inch of water per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Trellises
  • Bean seeds


  • National Gardening Association: Bean
  • Farmers' Almanac: Frost Dates Map
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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.