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Dwarf French Beans

Dwarf French Beans

Small ones are more juicy…

  • Sow from April and reap a forest of tasty pods a couple of months later
  • Easier to tend, dwarf beans don’t need support like t beans.
  • Delicious with everything: bacon, beef, chicken, and white fish. The French know it!

Complete growing directions

  1. French bean seeds are popular with slugs and snails, so it’s best to get them started indoors.
  2. Almost fill a 4 inch pot with compost.
  3. Add two seeds, cover with compost and water carefully.
  4. Once the seedlings have emerged remove the weaker one and let the other grow till the roots start to grow out of the base of the pot.
  5. Then you can plant them out in the garden. To do this dig out a hole big enough to take the whole root. Gently knock the plant out of its pot and place it in the hole with the base of the stem at soil level. Press the soil back in around it.
  6. Water each plant in and wait for the pods.
Watering
  1. The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger: poke it into the soil to test.
  2. If the soil is damp just under the surface, don't water. If it is dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to water.
  3. Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine-head watering can so you don't over-water them.
  4. It is better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.
Compost

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Dwarf French Beans

About Dwarf French Beans

  • Plant: April–June
  • Harvest: June–October
  • Container: The ground
  • Location: Garden
  • What to sow: Seed