Beans, bush & snap

Phaseolus vulgaris 

Haricots    Bushbeans   Frijoles   Bushbohnen

Crop Rotation Group :Legumes (Pea and Bean family)bushbean

Soil :Average, well drained soil.

Position : Full sun to very light shade

Frost tolerant : Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost


Helps: Beets, lettuce, okra, potato, spinach, dill, cabbage, carrots, chards, eggplant, peas, tomatoes, brassicas, corn, cucumbers, grapes
Helped by:
Summer savory, beets, cucumbers, borage, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, larkspur, lovage, marigolds, mustards, radish, potato, peppermint, rosemary, lettuce, onion, squash, lacy phacelia
Tomatoes, chili peppers, alliums, gladiolas, fennel, beets, kohlrabi
Snails and slugs
Colorado potato beetle


Sow and Plant :Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.

Germination: 8-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 9″ (25cm) each way; Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 1′ 1″ (35cm) row gap

Feeding : Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.

Harvesting :Gather pods before they fill with seeds. When picked often, many varieties continue to produce for up to a month.

Yield per 10ft (3m) rows: 6lbs

Time to harvest: 50-70 years

Troubleshooting :Japanese beetles and Mexican bean beetles sometimes damage leaves and pods. Gather them in broad containers of soapy water in the cool of the morning.

Notes : Hosts nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a good fertilizer for some plants, too much for others. Rosemary and peppermint extracts are used in organic sprays for beans. Summer savory and potatoes repel bean beetles.