DAYS TO HARVEST
55-60 days if using as a snap bean. Let grow till the pods brown if using as a soup bean.
Sow beans 1-2″ deep. It is recommended to soak beans 2-6 hours prior to planting.
Climbing to around 6′
Pole beans need support of a trellis or fence. Plant seeds 1″ to 2″ deep, 5-6″ apart, in rows 4′ apart within an inch or two of the trellis or pole. For a tepee method, plant 6 to 7 seeds around each pole.
Beans are NOT hardy and will die with light frost.
We find the taste is best for eating fresh if picked when the outline of the beans are bulging in the pod usually around when pods are 3″ long. To use as a soup bean, allow beans to stay on the plant until brown. For long-time storage, dry pods and then shell the unusual square tan dried beans.
As beans fix nitrogen, they pair well with many other crops especially beets, celery & celeriac, cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and radishes. Strong scented herbs planted near beans may discourage bean beetle.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS