Planting and Spacing Beans

Plant bean seeds 1 to 1½ inch deep, a bit deeper in loose, sandy soil.

The minimum soil temperature for starting bean seeds in the garden is 50°

Plant bush beans 3 to 4 inches apart; set rows 18 to 24 inches apart.

Plant pole beans 4 to 6 inches apart; set rows 30 to 36 inches apart.

Pole beans also can be planted on small hills or mounds–5 or 6 seeds to a hill; space hills 40 inches apart.

Set a trellis, teepee poles or stakes, or other supports in place at planting time.

Bean seeds will germinate in 8 to 10 days at 70°

Thin to the strongest seedlings from 4 to 6 inches apart.

Remove weaker seedlings by cutting them off at soil level with scissors being careful not to disturb the roots of the remaining seedlings.

Beans can be crowded at planting time; they will use each other for support.

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