Improve Your Soil
Sow Bush Bean Seeds
Harvest Young and Tender Beans
Snap beans -- which you may also know as garden beans, green beans, or string beans -- are an almost foolproof vegetable to grow, even for the beginning gardener. They need only a couple of months of moderate temperatures to produce a crop of green pods. You can grow them as either bush beans or pole beans. Bush beans grow 1-2 feet high and are usually planted in rows.
Before planting your bush beans, amend the soil by working in a 1-inch layer of compost or other organic matter, such as Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Garden Soil.
Bush snap beans are slightly more cold-hardy than pole types, so you can plant them as much as 2 weeks earlier. Sow your bean seeds in the garden after the soil is warm and the danger of frost has passed. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart. Thin the seedlings to 4-6 inches apart after they form true leaves.
To prevent weeds from stealing sunlight, water, and nutrients your young beans need, remove weeds carefully so you don't disturb the tender bean roots. When the bean plants are 3-4 inches tall and you've removed all of the weeds, mulch the area with a layer of organic material. Keep your plants evenly watered, especially during flowering and fruiting.
Most snap bush beans are ready to harvest 40-55 days after planting, when the pods are full and 6-8 inches long. Pick them before the seeds reach full size, or the pods will become tough and chewy.
Bush bean plants are mostly through producing after 2 or 3 pickings and can be pulled out. To have a continuous supply of snap bush beans into fall, plant successive crops every 2-3 weeks until mid-summer.