How to Grow Beans

Planting advice for how to grow beans, recommended varieties and bean recipes.

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Phaseolus vulgaris

Also known as string beans or snap beans, green beans are one of the most popular veggies. Delicious and nutritious, they're a win-win pick for you and your family.

Hardiness: Grown as an annual.

Planting advice: Plant bush-bean seeds 1 inch deep and 2 to 4 inches apart, in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Plant pole-bean seeds 4 to 6 inches apart, with rows 36 inches apart.

Harvest tips: Ready to pick in 45 to 60 days. Harvest before the seeds in the pods grow too big, or they'll be tough.

To store, refrigerate in airtight plastic bags. To freeze them, trim off the ends, blanch for several minutes in boiling water; dunk them in ice-cold water for several minutes; then drain and store in airtight freezer bags for up to 10 months.

Recommendations: Blue Lake, Goldcrop, Kentucky Wonder (heirloom).

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Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"