The soil should be double dug the previous autumn and
well manured. The seed for early crops can be sown in
April under cloches or in the greenhouse in pots. The
can be sown outdoors from mid-May to late June, spacing
the seeds 6" apart, 3" deep, thinned later to 12" apart.
Plants can be grown up 8' canes or poles or through
nets, trellis, wigwams etc. Pinch out the tips of
growing shoots when 18" high to produce an early crop.
Water well in dry weather. Keep the plants well picked
over so no pods set seed. Liquid feed regularly. They
also make great patio plants because of their scarlet
Select young beans, wash well and trim ends and blanche
for 2 minutes. Cool, drain and pack into polythene bags.
When pods are young and tender, skin, chop into slices,
and use in green salads or try them served with melted
butter and roast chicken.
Bean Seed Fly, Aphids, Bean Weevil.