How Much Space To Give Peas And Butterbeans?

Q: I was in a hurry to get my seed in the ground and planted long rows with the seeds very close together. There are peas and butterbeans in these rows. How much room should there be between each plant? 

A: Plant bean seed a little less than my father’s hand spread wide, thumb to pinkie. That man could go down a garden row at fifty miles an hour, bent over and placing his bean seed more precisely than I could hope to repeat. Since he is no longer with us, I stretched my own hand and believe the spacing between seeds should be six inches. Experience will teach you if you need to adjust this for large varieties. I have a planting guide for other garden plants at

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