Tips on growing and picking bush beans~
~Pick at any time. Personally I find the smaller less curved ones better, but some like the big ones.
~Pick often! Once bush beans start growing they produce quickly and the more you pick the more that will grow.
~Blanch and freeze extras.
~If you want to pick fresh beans all season long, plant new seeds about month apart.(I planted some seeds in Aug. and now have fresh beans growing still in Sep.)
~I have grown bush beans in both right in the ground and also in planters. Both worked but I found I got a lot more from the plants right in the ground then the planter.
You can also save your own seeds from beans to plant the following year. Make sure before saving any seeds you only take from the plant that looks the best. Once you picked a plant let a few of the pods over mature. They will start to turn white and have a rough feeling. If you are unsure if it is time or not yet just wait. Even if the pod turns brown the seeds can be used. Once you get a good pod take out all of the beans and let them dry. I just put miens on a paper towel and left them on the counter top for few days. Once they are dry place in a air tight glass jar and plant next year. Very rewarding!