How to Grow Beans
Beans are so easy to grow from seed. They like warmth, so should be sown in spring and summer. Bean seeds are quite large, which makes them easy to handle. Break open a bean seed and you’ll see it’s made up of two halves joined together. These halves provide food for the young plants as they grow.
There are two types of beans – dwarf beans and climbing beans.
Climbing beans need to be grown next to a fence or wire trellis that will give them support as they climb.
- All beans need full sun so choose a spot with well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine.
- Dig in some compost and some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser . Make sure these are mixed well into the soil.
- Water the soil in the afternoon but don’t sow the seeds until the next day.
- In the morning, press the seeds into the soil, making sure they’re well covered.
- Don’t water again until after the baby plants have popped out of the soil.
- The first two leaves are called the ‘seed leaves’. They’re quite thick because they’re developed from the two halves of the bean seed.
- Water occasionally as the plants grow.
- Extra fertilising shouldn’t be needed, as beans are clever enough to make their own food.
- After about 10 weeks, the bean pods should be ready to harvest. Make sure your pick them often. This will mean more beans!
- When the plants stop producing and begin to die down, dig them into the soil. Bean plants are full of goodness and they’ll make the soil richer.
Remember to always:
• Wash your hands well after gardening.
• Wear shoes to protect your feet.
• Wear a hat and sunscreen.