How to plant wax beans

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Beans, Blog

Wednesday 4-18-2012

I planted 1/4 of my yellow pencil pod wax beans today. I will have 3 more sowings as the season progresses. I like to space out my wax bean planting, so I am not overwhelmed with the harvest, and we can eat more of them fresh.


Tools & materials needed?

Pointed hoe, metal rake, wax bean seed



You should plant your wax beans after the last frost, when the soil and air temperatures are warm. I am a few weeks early here, and I would plant these later if I was not planting 3 additional sowings, so I am gambling a bit here. It has been unseasonably warm this spring.


Soil type?

Wax beans will grow in most soils, they like lime and moist soil.


Companions that beans love?



Companions that love beans?

Carrots, spinach, lettuce, corn



Wax bean seed is a large sized seed that requires a depth of 1 inch. 



I put wax beans about 2 inches apart. The seed being so large, it is easy to place them pretty accurately apart. I very rarely have issues with the bean seed not germinating.


How to plant the seed?

1. I mulch my garden, so I first take my metal rake and pull the mulch away from the area I am going to plant.                                                                    

2. I make a 1 inch deep trench with my pointed hoe.


3. I drop the seed in the trench about 2 inches apart.


Mulch pulled back                                                              1” trench with seed placed in 2” apart


4. I gently push the soil (not the mulch) back over the trench with the side of my pointed hoe.


5. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the pointed hoe to connect the seed to the soil.


6. I push the mulch back over the planted area. I am not worried about the bean seed making it through the mulch.


7. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.


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