Haricots Bushbeans Frijoles Bushbohnen
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
Avoid: Tomatoes, chili peppers, alliums, gladiolas, fennel, beets, kohlrabi
Attracts: Snails and slugs
Repels: 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.