Growing green beans in the home garden

Gardeners grow what they or their family want to eat. Easy storage may play a part in the decision process. I favor green beans as one of the vegetables I grow because I can either freeze or can the surplus. Oh, and I really like green beans!

Bush or pole beans or somewhere in between

Green beans varieties include beans that grow on a bush or on a vine. Pole beans grow on vines that reach 6 to 15 feet in length and require a trellis 6 to 8 feet tall. Because the vines grow upward, they take up less space than bush beans.

Bush beans
Bush beans grow to less than 2 feet tall and require no trellis.

Half-runner variety of beans, which are vines that grow to about 3 feet tall, can be grown with or without a trellis.

Planting and harvesting

Follow the package label for planting information. Most generally, plant vine green beans 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart. Plant bush beans 2 to 4 inches apart in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Plant all beans to a depth of about 1 inch. When the bean pod is 4 to 6 inches long, it is ready for picking.

Pole beans
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