Beans, bush & snap

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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


Companionage

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


 Plantation

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.