How to Plant Speckled Butter Beans


Butter beans, also more commonly referred to as a lima beans, are relatively easy to grow in your backyard vegetable garden. Because beans require some space to grow enough to make it worth your time, you will want to make sure your garden has two or three rows you would be willing to devote to your speckled butter beans. With the right amount of beanstalks, you will be able to enjoy your butter beans throughout the summer.

Step 1

Make sure it is well past the last frost (at few weeks at minimum) and that the soil temperature is at a steady 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting your beans.

Step 2

Mix organic matter (compost or manure) with the soil in the planting area about a week before you plan to plant the beans.

Step 3

Push the individual beans into the ground about 1 inch, making sure they are covered with soil.

Step 4

Continue to plant the beans about 6 to 10 inches apart from one another in a row.

Step 5

Secure wooden stakes (about a 12 to 16 inches high) at either end of the row of beans you have just planted.

Step 6

Tie a string between the two stakes you have just placed. Make sure the string is rather taut. This will allow the beans to have something to grow on.

Step 7

Water the seeds once a day for about three to four days after you have planted them.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter beans (seeds)
  • Compost or manure
  • Small wooden stakes
  • String
  • Scissors


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Sara Tetreault has worked as a marketing copywriter and editor since 2006. She has written copy for public health organizations, Yankee Retail, and Oce North America. Tetreault received her Master of Arts degree in early modern culture and literature from the University of Sussex and obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.

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