Just about all chance of frost has passed here in Connecticut. It could happen, but it’s not very likely. Overnight temperatures can still be a bit cold in the 40s, but the soil is still warm enough to get my beans in. Here are the quick tips:
- Wait for soil temperature to be 55 to 65 F.
- Use row covers to keep the cold and bugs off.
- For pole beans, build yourself a simple teepee with twine for trellising.
- Plant beans about 1 inch deep.
- For pole beans, use 3 or 4 around each pole.
- For bush beans, plant 4 inches apart in rows 10 inches apart.
- Sprinkle some inoculant in furows or in the seed holes. (Or soak the beans in a slurry.)
Bush beans are smaller varieties (Jade, Provider, Bountiful) that won’t climb and climb like their rangier brothers the pole beans. Pole beans (Kentucky Wonder, Rattlesnake) will grow quite tall and will need something to climb. I use teepees.
In this year’s garden I’ve got three teepees with several plants for each. For the bush beans, I’ve got 4 rows so far and I’ll plant others next weekend to stagger the yields a bit.
Can’t wait to see them growing!