How to Grow Bean Plants With Manure
- 1). Spread 100 to 200 lbs. of fresh horse or cow manure per 1,000 square feet of soil in the fall, and allow it to remain until spring. Till the manure to a depth of 10 inches. Rake the soil so it is smooth and level. Spread 40 lbs. of composted manure per 100 square feet of garden area, and mix it to a depth of 10 inches. Smooth and level the soil with a rake.
- 2). Plant bush bean seeds to a depth of 2 inches, 6 inches apart. Plant pole bean seeds in small, fist-sized mounds of soil, 3 feet apart. Drive a stake into the center of the mound, then insert 3 seeds into the sides of each mound.
- 3). Water the bean bed so the soil is moist to a depth of 6 inches. Maintain moist soil until the beans germinate, then provide the seedlings with 1 inch of water a week if it doesn't rain.