Beans are a warm weather crop just like tomatoes. It should be planted in rich soil that has been well amended as discussed in our soils tips site. Beans can be either bush or pole type. If you like to can or freeze your beans try planting bush varieties because they produce a large crop within a short time period. Pole beans will need a trellis at least six feet tall to support them while they grow. Keep your beans picked. This might mean checking and picking daily once they start to ripen. 


If you spot the Colorado bean beetle eating your bean leaves, just pick them off. Also look for small orange eggs on the underside of the leaves or the yellow larval form (bottom picture).

A variety of pole bean trellis options (left) and Colorado bean beetle and larval form (right)

Beans