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Growing French Beans

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Sow Indoors
Sow Outdoors
Harvest
Distance between Plants – 4in Distance between Rows – 18in Germination within 10 days
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.


HOW TO SOW


Can be sown indoors in single 6in pots of compost or directly outside in rows 4in apart and 18in between rows. If you are growing the climbing varieties they will need support such as bamboo canes.

VARIETIES


HOW TO TRANSPLANT


When transplanting the climbing varieties, place the plant on the inside of the cane to make it easier for it to climb.


HOW TO PLANT


CROP ROTATION:


COMPANION PLANTING:

prefer to be planted with
dislike being planted with

HOW TO CARE FOR

Keep well watered and weed free. Blackfly may become a problem – an organic method is to use soapy water and spray it onto the blackfly.


PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS EFFECTING


HOW TO HARVEST

When the beans are around 5in long, harvest by holding the main plant/cane and pull the pod. Be careful not to damage the main plant when doing so.


SAVING SEED OF

At the end of the season, leave a few pods to develop. When the pods feel papery, pick from the plant and remove the beans from the pod. Dry them by placing on a tray for a few days. Store in glass jars and use within a year.


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HOW TO STORE


USING IN THE KITCHEN


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Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest
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About Sean James Cameron

Sean James Cameron
Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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  • Susie

    Beans will grow equally well in large pots grown up a cane teepee and no slug attacks .