Hope Seeds offers a wide selection of beans to suit all preferences. Many of them are edible at more than one stage (eg. fresh snap bean, fresh shell bean, dry bean), making them multi-purpose and versatile. General rule of thumb is to plant beans in warm soil (earliest we can get them in is about a week and a half before last Spring frost), and only pre-soak if you know there will be moist weather/soil for a few days. Beans should be planted approximately 3-6" apart (the further distance is preferred for dry bean production to help with airflow).