Green beans are a favorite of home gardeners and are available in both pole and bush bean varieties. Green beans are rarely started indoors but are instead planted directly in the ground once the soil temperature reaches at least 60 degrees F. Most commercially available green bean seed is treated with a fungicide to reduce disease and should not be used as cooked beans for a meal. Because the bean seeds split apart easily, green beans should not be soaked before planting.
Create row trenches 1 inch deep. Use the handle of the hoe to dig the trench in the prepared garden space. If using poles or trellises for pole beans, dig the trenches 1 foot from the support system.
Space bush type bean seed 2 to 4 inches apart in the trenches. Space pole type beans 4 to 6 inches apart.
Cover the bean seed with at least 1 inch of soil.
Water the soil in the rows only enough to make the soil moist. Do not overwater.
Train pole beans, if this is the type of bean you planted, to the trellis system when they reach 12 inches in length. Simply wrap the vines around the poles or trellis. They will begin to climb the poles.
Plant additional rows of green bean seed every two weeks during the summer. This will provide fresh green beans all season.
Harvest the bean pods when the pods are firm, crisp and the length specified for the specific green bean type.