Outdoors Late May - Early July - temperature +17C/63F
Where to Sow
Indoors in pots of compost
Outdoors in containers or open ground
How to Sow
Indoors - 1 per 7.5cm/3" pot
Outdoors in containers - 10cm/4" between seeds in
Outdoors in open ground - 10cm/4" between seeds - staggered
in rows 45cm/18" apart or in groups/blocks
Protect from slugs. Keep well watered.
Growing on -
Harden off indoor sown plants then transplant to larger pots
or growbags spacing the plants 10cm/4" apart in
in open ground
As above or in rows spacing the plants 7.5cm/4" apart and
rows 45cm/18" apart
Support plants with short sticks or twigs if
necessary. Keep very well watered and feed with liquid
fertiliser once the flowers have faded and the pods begin to
Begin cutting pods at 10cm/4".Crops over a period of about
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.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". To learn more about companion planting click
here. 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, 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