Beans are best grown from seed. Save your green bean seeds by leaving the bean pods on the plant until they have matured and dried.Pick the pods once they are brown and the seeds inside, hard. Remove the seeds and dry them on newspaper. Once dried store them in an airtight container until it's time to plant them.
Beans do not grow well in cold and windy conditions. Plant the seeds directly into damp, shaded soil in seed boxes. Don't water them until you see the first shoots appearing.
Beans do not need fertilising as they naturally produce their own nitrogen - so don't waste good compost on them.
Depending on the type of beans planted, place a stake of approximately 2m in the ground to support each plant.
Beans are a great companion to
and carrots as these attract flower flies, which in turn love eating plant lice - beans' greatest enemy!
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