There is nothing quite like the taste of a helping of tender young beans, perhaps even with a creamy parsley sauce, picked from your own garden only an hour before eating.
Beans are ideal when grown with other vegetables such as Peas and carrots.
Nutritional values: Vitamins A, C and E and Protein
Pack size: Approximately 50 seeds
Sowing Indoors: Early sowings from February to March are best done under glass in individual pots before planting outdoors. When planting outdoors follow the instructions below but of course place plants in the appropriate spacings.
Sow/Plant outdoors: Cultivate soils to a depth of 15-20cms and rake the top surface to provide a fine crumb to plant the seeds into. Sow seeds outside from March to May. Draw out seed drills direct into the growing site 5cm(2in) deep in rows, placing the seeds 10-15cm (4-6in) apart, space between rows should be 60cm (24in) apart.
Do not plant if soils are waterlogged.
If necessary thin seedlings to 10cm(4in) apart . When the first pods have set pinch out the top 6cm (2 1/2in) to help discourage black fly. Harvest once pods become filled with succulent tasty young beans.
Bean plants are nitrogen fixers. When cropping is over, cut plants down and dig in as a green manure.
Soil type: Free draining light soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Full sun but also ok in partial shade.
Position: Prefer open planting in vegetable beds.
Harvest: July onwards.
Full growing instructions provided on each pack.