Wait for warmer weather – beans hate the cold . . .about a month after the last spring frost or around Memorial Day in Western NY. First of all – you plant the seed - Plant beans in rows (against a fence structure if they are pole beans – they need to climb), with 4-6 inches between each seed. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until it sprouts. Keep them watered and help pole beans wrap around the fence at first (Just be gentle and guide with your fingers so they grow around the fence – no need to tie with anything) Once they get big enough to pick – keep picking them and they will keep producing. Don’t wait for them to get too large or they will be tough. If you miss a few and they get too big – keep them on the vine until they yellow – then pick and dry for seed saving. Last year my whole raised bed of green beans was not thriving and turning yellow – so I added a sprinkle of Epsom salts over the plants(then watered to sink in) It worked and in a week they were greener and much stronger.
Green beans are super easy to freeze. In fact I like the taste much better than canning. Just wash and cut(or snap) the ends off. Blanch – by boiling/steaming in hot water for 3-4 minutes until a brighter green – than place in ice cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and stick in freezer bags. I put enough in one bag for a meal. We eat delicious and fresh tasting beans all winter!