Beans (pole)

Direct seed pole beans into well drained soil in full sun once the soil has warmed to 16-21 degrees Celsius. Warmer is better. We plant in early June in our zone 5 conditions. Sow 2.5 cm deep with the eye facing down and space 15 cm apart in rows or 5 seeds at the base of each pole. Bacterial inoculant will increase production. Provide poles or twine and watch them climb or try them on a formal obelisk in an ornamental setting. Pick frequently to encourage a continuous supply of beans. To harvest dry beans, allow pods to dry to a crisp and shell out the beans. They are dry enough to store when seed coats cannot be dented with your fingernail.