also knows as 'Snap Beans' and 'String Beans'
Plant after last frost. Check packaging of seeds, some bean plants are "bush beans" and some are "pole beans."
Bush Beans: Plant seeds 1 inch deep in rows about 1½ feet apart; thin to 6 inches. Harvest when pods are young but firm.
Pole Beans: Plant 3 or 4 seeds in a "hill" with a stake in the center. Space hills about 3 feet apart. Beans will grow up stake and may need to be tied as they get taller. Alternatively, plant along a fence or a trellis. Harvest when pods are crisp and firm, still young but with a bulge to them. Plant will continue to produce, so be gentle as you harvest.
Pods should be crisp and free of blemishes and bright green. Store beans in an open bag in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Wash beans under cold water and snip ends. Cut or leave whole, cover with water in a pan and boil until tender, but not soft.
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