Beans (Bush Snap) Growing Guide

Beans (Bush Snap)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Average, well drained soil.


Full sun to very light shade.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.


Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.


Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 1' 1" (35cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Bush beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow; highly recommended for first-time gardeners. Also can be used as a warm-weather cover crop to boost soil nitrogen levels.


Gather pods before they fill with seeds. When picked often, many varieties continue to produce for up to a month.


Japanese beetles and Mexican bean beetles sometimes damage leaves and pods. Gather them in broad containers of soapy water in the cool of the morning.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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