Planting white half-runner beans correctly can lead to a bumper crop of the green vegetable. White half-runners are considered an heirloom vegetable, having earned the status over generations of gardeners and farmers. The long, green and tender beans grow on a bush type plant, as opposed to many vine-bearing varieties.
Find a sunny area for the planting site. Wait to plant until after the last frost of the year has passed.
Loosen the soil with a pitchfork and add plant food that's labeled specifically for growing beans. Smooth over the area with a rake.
Dig a very narrow trench approximately 1.5 inches deep. Typically, the nose of a spade is wide enough for the width of the trench. Make the trench the length of the row to be planted.
Sow the white half-runner beans into the trench and cover with soil. Do not flatten the earth. Saturate the dirt with water, but do not flood.
Wait for the plants to sprout to 2 to 3 inches. This should occur in six to eight days. Thin the plants to a distance of one per foot.
Stake the bushes when they begin to lean. Place the pole into the ground on the sunny side of the plant. Tether to the plant using a strip of white cotton material wrapped around the plant and tied to the stake.
Pick the beans when they grow between 4 to 6 inches in length. Do not let them overgrow.