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Post  skidmoca on 3/17/2018, 4:28 pm

Hi everyone,

The book says nine green bean plants per square foot.  Is this realistic?  Has anyone done this?

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 3/17/2018, 6:07 pm

I plant nine all the time.  Never any issues.

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Post  trolleydriver on 3/17/2018, 6:15 pm

I did 4 per square yellow wax bush beans last year because the Baker Creek package said space 4 to 6 inches.

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Post  plantoid on 3/17/2018, 6:21 pm

I've used the sowing information off the packet for our type of green bean ..which is called , "  French Dwarf Green Bean " .. they grow to about 10 inches high and the spacing is nine inches between plants .

 I simply planted a double row with alternate spacings right across the front of one of my three foot by three foot raised beds rows nine inches apart . We had so many beans even after freezing & pickling them in small batches as well as eating them fresh that  I was chucking the unwanted excess in the compost bin so as to keep the plants producing right up until the first really cold weather . 

 So I suggest you go &  read the spacing info on the packet if it's there ,  as it might be a different strain of bean to most common ones .
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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2018, 6:22 pm

Very realistic.  For bush bean or pea varieties, 9/square.  For vining bean or pea varieties, 8/sq in two rows of 4.  Dragon Tongue bush:

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Post  skidmoca on 3/17/2018, 6:40 pm

Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I'll check the spacing on the seed packet and adjust accordingly.  Maybe I'll start with four per square this year and see how that works.  Remember, starting slow for my first year!

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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2018, 7:08 pm

What variety of beans?

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Post  trolleydriver on 3/17/2018, 7:20 pm

@skidmoca wrote:Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I'll check the spacing on the seed packet and adjust accordingly.  Maybe I'll start with four per square this year and see how that works.  Remember, starting slow for my first year!

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If you have enough squares why not experiment with both 4 and 9 per square?

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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2018, 8:20 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@skidmoca wrote:Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I'll check the spacing on the seed packet and adjust accordingly.  Maybe I'll start with four per square this year and see how that works.  Remember, starting slow for my first year!

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If you have enough squares why not experiment with both 4 and 9 per square?
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Post  skidmoca on 3/17/2018, 8:30 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@skidmoca wrote:Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I'll check the spacing on the seed packet and adjust accordingly.  Maybe I'll start with four per square this year and see how that works.  Remember, starting slow for my first year!

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If you have enough squares why not experiment with both 4 and 9 per square?
TD and Sanderson - I like your thinking!  As I wrote my reply I wondered how many years of experimentation is this going to take?  You just cut it in half!  I want to grow both green and lima beans and I've started half indoors and plan to sow the others outdoors.  I planned two squares for each, so this will work very well!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/17/2018, 9:27 pm

I grow pole beans exclusively.  On a trellis.  Used to grow bush beans, and they were really great!  Keep us posted!
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