Direct sow 1” deep in well prepared fertile soil from May through late June in rows that are 1’ apart. Thin seedlings to 6” spacing. Protect early sowings from frost, and for dry beans sow dry by early June. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine.
Collect seed from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing. Winnow to clean if necessary. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter. Once seeds are dry, keep them dry. Some cross-pollination may occur, but most beans self-pollinate