How to Plant Kidney Beans


Growing food at home is a great way to save money and put healthy, fresh food on the table. Kidney beans are nutritious and healthy and they are easy to grow. Start your seeds in the spring either in pots inside or outside when the weather is warm and by late summer you will have a harvestable crop. And once you have your first crop harvested you can save some of the seeds for the following spring's planting, making for a sustainable delicious food source.

Step 1

Fill a planting tray with equal parts potting soil and rich compost. Planting trays that are divided up into 2 inch compartments are ideal.

Step 2

Make holes a half-inch deep in each compartment with your index finger or a pencil.

Step 3

Place one bean in each hole and cover it with soil. Water the tray and place it in a warm, sunny area where the temperature will remain above 65 degrees F.

Step 4

Turn over the soil in your garden bed to loosen the ground. Mix in one shovel full of rich compost per square foot of soil.

Step 5

Transplant your seedling outside when they are 2 to 3 inches tall. If the daytime temperatures are still below 65 degrees F, move your seedlings into larger pots and keep them indoors until the weather warms up.

Step 6

Dig holes 6 to 10 inches apart and just large enough for the root ball of your seedlings. Space rows 3 to 4 feet apart.

Step 7

Remove the seedlings from the planting tray. Place one seedling into each hole and fill in the soil around it.

Step 8

Place a 3 to 5 foot cage, climbing pole or trellis at the base of each seedling for the vines to climb up.

Step 9

Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Weekly watering to a depth of 3 inches in mild weather and bi-weekly watering in hot, dry weather is best.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting trays
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Trellis, cage or pole


  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Beans in the Home Vegetable Garden
  • University of Illinois: Watch your Garden Grow Beans
  • University of Minnesota:Growing beans in the home garden
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About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.