Grow beans from seeds for a delicious garden vegetable.
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A gardener has two kinds of beans from which to choose. Bush beans are self-supporting and grow straight with little assistance. Pole beans must climb a trellis or fence for support. Both varieties are popular with home gardeners and grow readily to provide a delicious harvest in the middle of the summer. For a continuous supply of beans throughout the entire second half of the summer, plant a new row of beans every two weeks.
Work the garden soil as soon as possible in the spring. Add a 1-inch layer of compost to the top of the soil and work this into the soil to improve the quality and drainage of the soil.
Plant bush beans in rows 18 inches apart. Space the seeds approximately 3 inches apart.
Plant pole beans in groups of six. Space the bean groups 30 inches apart.
Cover both bush and pole bean seeds with 1 inch of soil.
Water the bean seeds and keep the soil moist while the seeds are germinating. Monitor rain and watering and strive for 1 inch of water per week.
Thin bush beans to a spacing of 5 inches and pole beans to a spacing of 6 inches. Provide a climbing support for pole beans to climb.
Mulch with a shredded material around the bean seedlings to help conserve soil moisture and control weeds.