How to Grow Green Beans

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

 
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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • You’ll find growing green beans is most productive when the seeds are planted after the last chance of frost and the ground is warming

  • Plant seeds 1 inch deep and thin the seedlings 6 to 10 inches apart for pole beans and 3 to 6 inches apart for bush beans

  • Prepare the soil with organic mulch or compost, keep the soil moist but not water logged and provide the plants with a side dressing of organic fertilizer midway through the 50- to 60-day growing season; enjoy a second season by stagger planting or growing indeterminate seeds

  • Natural methods of controlling pests such as aphids, spider mites and Mexican Bean Beetles include dish soap and water sprays, along with attracting predator insects and handpicking beetles from your plants

  • Growing green beans in your garden offers you the opportunity to harvest healthy, pesticide-free vegetables you may use directly from your garden; add to soups, stews and salad

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