Beans are fun, fast-growing plants that take little care to perform well. It makes sense to inoculate beans before sowing, which boosts the nitrogen levels of your garden soil with no work whatsoever. Inoculant is available at garden centers.
size & Time
Sow bean seeds about three or four inches apart in the row around the third week of May. Thinning is not necessary, but do keep the plants weeded, especially when young. Bush beans begin to bear in about 50 days, and their crop is produced in one brief burst lasting about two weeks.
For most tender green beans, harvest when young, slightly thicker than a pencil. Our favorite way to prepare these is to pan-fry them with strong curry or Cajun seasonings. To harvest dry beans, let the plant mature; pods will dry on the plant towards the end of summer.