Buy the 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac!
You are planting to deeplyYou are planting to deeply and mulching before your seeds germinate. As beans germinate they have to push the cotyledons (seed leaves) up through the soil. If the soil is too deep, too heavy, too dense, too packed, etc., the cotyledons can not push through. The natural fibers of any mulch will increase this problem. Sometimes the seedling will break their necks by not being able to emerge from the soil. Soil tests are always important, but generally the lack of a test will not prevent germination unless your soils are extremely out of range. Try planting your beans approximately 1 inch deep and wait until they are 5-6 inches tall before using any mulch. Good luck with your beans.

2015 Garden Calendar2015 Weather Watcher's Calendar2015 Recipes Calendar2015 Engagement Calendar 2015 Everyday Calendar2015 Country CalendarNew Year Cross StitchLobster Rope Doormats