Planting green beans should be done when the weather will be warm. Don’t try to plant these if it is still cool. This day it is supposed to rain and then tomorrow a stretch of warm weather is expected. I’m taking advantage of the rain and the warmth for germination.
How to Plant Green Beans
Planting green beans is a simple step of placing your bean in a shallow trench then going back and covering the beans with soil.
Some people like to make holes for each bean instead of the furrow. Either works. The goal is the beans placed 2-3 inches apart with 1-2 inches of soil over the top. Rows should be about 12 inches apart.
Right after planting green beans give them a watering in. In the video above it rained right after I planted so God took care of that step for me.
After you’ve watered your beans (or they get rained on) go back through and watch for any beans that may have been uncovered by the water. Tuck them back under and you’ll have better germination. Those exposed beans may not stay moist.
Green Beans are definitely a warm weather crop.
Don’t try to plant green bean seeds if it is still cool. This day it is supposed to rain and then tomorrow a stretch of warm weather is expected. I’m taking advantage of the rain and the warmth for germination.
If your ground remains cold and wet you take a chance that your beans will be too cool to germinate and they will rot with the moisture.
How far apart to plant green beans.
Seeds should be 2-3 inches apart and the rows should be about 12 inches apart. This is a double row style. I like to make each double row have a wide enough area between for picking when it is time to harvest. So for example 2 rows and a path, another 2 rows and a path. Each row can be accessed from a path.
If you are just doing in the ground rows and you’ve got 6 rows of beans 12 inches apart, it can get crowded to get to those middle rows. It is doable, I’ve done it but I always wish I had made more space. If you’ve got the room give yourself some space for getting between the rows for harvest. Have 2 rows where you can access each side, a pathway and then 2 more rows and so on.
Green beans are a great vegetable to consider succession planting. This simply means you’ll plant a part of your crop. Wait a week or so then plant the next section, wait another week or so and plant the next section. You can divide up your planting into 2 plantings or however many you like.
This makes the harvest season just a little easier. Not all the beans come into maturity at the same time.