Erin graciously helped me put in a 32x2 bean patch along the side fence this spring. We planted pinto beans and sunflowers. The beans were plain old bulk pinto beans from the co-op.
Between the bunnies and the slugs, it was a hard life for the beans. Erin says pinto beans are bush beans, but the happiest plants were the ones that climbed up the fence before being eaten by the slugs and bunnies.
I harvested 346g of pinto beans, about 1-3/4 cups beans or roughly a week's supply for Erin and me. That's 920 beans, or 14 beans per square foot.
We originally planted three rows of beans with a spacing of something like 6 beans/foot, i.e. 18 beans per square foot or about 1150 beans planted. Hmmm....
However, I feel like I've learned a lot and have high hopes for next year.