Outdoors Late May - mid June - temperature +17C/63F
Where to Sow
Indoors in 7.5cm/3" pots of compost
Outdoors in containers or open ground
How to Sow
Indoors: one per pot - 5cm/2" deep
Outdoors: 5cm/2" deep - 22cm/9" apart - in rows
45cm/18" apart or against a wigwam of canes (see
Protect from slugs
Growing on -
Harden off indoor sown plants then transfer to large pots
(min 30cm/12" diameter) spacing the plants at least
17.5cm/7" apart around the edge of the pot. Support each
plant with a tall sturdy cane (6ft) and tie the tops of the
canes together to form a wigwam effect.
Growing on -
in open ground
As above but space the plants 22cm/9" apart in
rows 45cm/18" apart , tying the tops of the canes together.
Pinch off the tops of each plant once they reach the tops of
the canes. Liquid feed from time to time through the
Cut pods regularly at approx 15-20cm/6-8", before the beans
start to swell. Crops over a period of about 8 weeks Do not
allow seeds to ripen as this stops pod production.
Young leaves are eaten - sometimes completely missing
1. Sink small pots filled with beer to ground level. Empty daily
2. Sprinkle slugs with table salt Chemical
Use slug pellets
Avoid damp or humid sites
Leaves distorted, yellowing and stunted distorted growth on
bean pods and withering plant stems with patches of black in the
Organic Spray with a weak solution of soapy water
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing
Bifenthrin, Imidacloprid or Pyrethrum
Leaves have U shaped notches around the edges
Organic Place a sticky card or bucket of water under the plant
and shaking to remove the weevils from the plant. Then destroy
the bugs underfoot or pick them off by hand Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion
Plant a barrier of garlic along side the rows.
Yellow patches on leaves with a greyish mould underneath
Remove the infected leaves and apply an organic copper
spray/dust to diseased and surrounding plants every 7-10 day Chemical
Remove the infected leaves and spray with Dithane at first
sign of attack
Avoid damp or humid sites and
overcrowding. Practice crop rotation.
Grow Maize, Summer Savory, and Radish close by.
Garlic planted alongside can prevent damage
by bean weevils.
If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as
nasturtiums, calendula asters, dahlias, and zinnias nearby but not
too close, as aphids find them attractive so they act as a lure.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies".
To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
Packed loosely in plastic bags for 2-4 days in the refrigerator. Excess
amounts can be frozen. Prepare as below then blanch in boiling water for
1-2 minutes, drain well and allow to cool before freezing.
Wash in cold water. Snap or cut off a small section from each end of
Round French and Green
beans don't need any further preparation.
usually have strings at the sides which should be removed before further
preparation. These can usually be "peeled" or cut down the length of
the bean using a small knife. You can also by bean slicer/stringers
which both de-string and slice the beans in one go
Whole French/Green = 25 - 30 minutes.
Drizzle with oil and seasonings