My bush beans didn't germinate
I planted an 8-foot row spacing them 3 inches apart.
Only a few came up, and those that did had no leaf development when they popped up. They were new seeds, Blue Lake and Pencil Pod Wax. No inoculents or fungicide. Daily high temperatures ranged from 68 to 85. Quite cool nights. The soil was kept moist but not continuously soggy. Although temporarily soggy at watering time. Soil is sandy loam and drains and dries quite quickly. Beans were pushed into soft, well-worked soil sideways and covered.
What are the probable causes?
Too much water and rotted?
Not enough water and dried out?
Weather too cool?
I wonder if that one 85 degree day we had dried them up real bad before I could get home and water them. I doubt it cuz the soil was still slightly moist an inch or two down.
I've replanted and our daily high temps are in 70s and nightly lows in the 50s this week. Is that warm enough?
Does the planting orientation matter? Should the 'eye' face up, down or sideways? Or does it matter? I made a point of planting them on end with the eye sideways this time.