Growing and harvesting your own pinto beans is a rewarding gardening experience. Watch your pinto bean plants grow and produce bean pods, then finally harvest your beans after the pods have dried on the vine. Pinto beans have a long growing period, so starting your pinto seeds correctly will have you picking your beans sooner.
Select an area of your garden that is in full sun and has well-draining soil that is fertile and crumbly. Having crumbly soil helps the germinating pinto bean emerge to the surface easier. Pinto beans are a warm-weather crop and planting should not be started until the threat of frost has passed in the spring.
Till up the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, using a garden hoe or cultivator. This will help give your soil the crumbly texture desired for pinto bean germination.
Work into the soil, to a depth of 6 inches, dry 5-10-10 formulated fertilizer before you begin planting. Use the hoe or cultivator. A sufficient amount is approximately 1 cup of fertilizer for a planting row 50 feet long.
Plant your pinto beans 1 to 2 inches deep, 2 to 4 inches apart, in rows 2 to 3 feet apart.
Water your planted pinto beans, but do not create a soggy soil, which may cause your pinto beans to rot instead of germinating. While your pinto beans are germinating, keep the soil damp. Once the sprouts are visible, water your pinto bean plants when the soil surface becomes dry.