Growing from beans seed is the most cost-effective way to achieve a tasty harvest. Given good conditions for germination, we are confident that you will be delighted with the results.

To help you achieve brilliant beans we have put together some hints and tips for growing Climbing and Runner Beans below – these also work for tall peas!

Step 1

Prepare Your Plot

Decide where you wish to grow your beans and dig a trench one spade deep and one space wide. Fill the trench with grass cuttings or kitchen food waste/manure. 2-4 weeks before sowing, refill the trench with the soil you previously removed and let it settle.

Digging a garden trench

Step 2

Sow Seeds

Sow your bean seeds into modules or pots of good quality compost and keep indoors or in a warm greenhouse. Growing in modules and pots will help prevent mice eating newly sown seeds. Keep seeds warm and well watered.

Broad beans just emerging (I'll be sowing mine next week).

Step 3

Create Your Bean Frame

Create a structure from canes or hazel poles over the trench – or use a ready made bean tower. The upright supports should be spaced 30cm apart and pushed 30cm into the soil. Tie canes horizontally along the top to make the structure solid. If growing peas, add pea netting for them to climb up.

Plant one potted plant or module at each upright cane and water in well.

Step 4

Harvest

Keep picking beans every day as they are produced and before the seed is visible through the pod. Keep plants moist at all times.

Dwarf French Beans are best grown in blocks 15cm apart, so neighbouring plants can hold each other upright. Climbing beans also grown well up wigwams in the ground or in large containers.

Top Tip

French Beans and Runner Beans freeze well if blanched first.

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