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.
How To Prepare Your Plot For Growing Beans
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.
How To Sow Your Bean 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.
How To Create Your Bean Plant Support
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.
Harvesting Your Beans
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.
Quick Guide To Growing Beans From Seed
- Prepare your plot by digging a long trench and backfilling with well rotted manure before planting.
- Sow your bean seeds in pots and keep indoors until they have their true leaves.
- Support your growing bean plants with a bean frame made from netting and poles.
- Pick your tender beans every day and remember to keep your plants moist during harvest time.
French Beans and Runner Beans freeze well if blanched first.
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