Beans (French) Growing Guide

Beans (French), also known as Dwarf, Bush beans

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Rich soil, well-drained with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture.

Position

Sunny, not exposed or windy.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Rarely required.

Companions

Marigold, Lovage, Petunia, Potatoes, Carrot, Strawberry, Swiss Chard and Beetroot. Jane recommends all root crops, cucumber.

Spacing

Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the garden.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Strong supports needed for climbing varieties. Supply plenty of water to the roots from flowering through to harvest.

Harvesting

Regular picking encourages more growth

Troubleshooting

Leaf-eating beetles can trun the leaves into confetti overnight. Either hand pick them (they come out at night) or if there are too many, use a pyrethrum based spray

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Beans (French)