Growing French Beans

Growing Fench BeansGrowing French beans, like most beans, is extremely easy.  Most plants are small compact bushes requiring little space, and a few plants will give you lots of beans throughout the summer.  Although you can readily buy them in the shops, the flavour and texture of freshly picked young green beans from the garden is unbeatable (and there are no air-miles to worry about). They even have sensibly sized seeds for easy sowing.


How to Grow French Beans – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Vegetable Growing Calendar - French BeansFor an early start, sow under cover in 8cm (3in) pots April to May OR . . .
  • Sow outdoors in the soil late May to June
  • Plant in double rows, 10cm (4in) between seeds, 20cm (8in) between rows
  • Plant double rows about 45cm (18in apart)
  • Ready to harvest about 2 to 3 months after planting
  • Planting french bean seedsPick small beans regularly to encourage the growth of more beans


French Bean Varieties

French Beans Seeds WhiteThe Prince – long slim flat pods, excellent flavour, heavy cropper
Safari – slender, long round pods, RHS Award of Garden Merit
Delinel – excellent flavour, large yields, black seeded (our current favourite)
Blue Lake – climbing french bean, vigorous growth, long season, stringless, round pods, white seeded
Purple Queen – round, purple pods, good flavour, stringless, pods turn green in boiling water
Valdor – yellow pods, great flavour, long season

Growing French Beans

1. Growing French Beans – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Planting French Beans – How and when to plant french bean seeds
3. Picking and Storing French Beans – How and when to harvest french beans and how to store them
4. French Bean Growing Tips – Some tips to help you grow delicious french beans
5. French Bean Pests, Problems and Diseases – Help is at hand if you have troubles with your french beans
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