Green Bean Culture - Knowledgebase Question

San Pedro, CA
Question by Shanfam5
January 11, 1998
What kind of soil works best for green bean seeds? I'll be starting them outside.


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Answer from NGA
January 11, 1998

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The best soil for any type of vegetable is one that is well-draining, with lots of organic matter to help retain moisture and make it easy for roots to penetrate. In your area, you probably have a "sandy-loam". It should drain nicely, but your plants will benefit if you can work some compost into it before you plant.

Green beans like full sun and warm soils. Plant the seeds an inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. You can thin them out once they begin to grow. The bush-type plants should be thinned to about 6 inches apart. The climbing type can be spaced within 4 or 5 inches. Be sure to give them some kind of support or trellis to climb on. Keep the beans picked and the plants will continue to produce until the weather gets too hot.

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