Thompson & Morgan's Vegetable Product Manager, Colin Randel has specially selected four of our best bean varieties to include in this special collection. These superb beans provide excellent yields over a long cropping period with a delicious home-grown flavour.
Grow beans in full sun on rich fertile, well manured soil with protection from strong winds.
Broad Beans - Direct sow broad bean seed under cloches in February, or without protection from March to April. Plant broad beans in double rows set 23cm (9") apart and allowing at least 60cm (24") between each double row. Sow broad beans at a depth of 5cm (2") deep and a distance of 23cm (9") apart within each row and water well. Germination usually takes around 10 days.
Dwarf beans and Runner Beans - Sow dwarf bean and runner bean seeds indoors from mid April for transplanting later on, or direct sow outdoors from late May to July. Indoors, sow bean seeds at a depth of 5cm (2") in 7.5cm (3") pots or trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 12-25C (54-77F) until germination, which takes 7-10 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Once germinated, grow beans on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and the bean plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting them outdoors in their final positions. Runner beans require support from garden canes, strings or netting which should be put in place at the time of planting.
When growing beans, hoe between plants often and water regularly. Provide a compost mulch around the base of bean plants to combat dry periods. For the best crops harvest beans regularly while the pods are still young.
Broad Beans - Support Broad Bean plants by placing a cane or stout stick at each corner of a double row and tying in with string. Pinch out the growing tips of Braoad Bean plants after the first flowers have set pods to deter blackfly and encourage further pods to set.
Runner Beans - Pinch out the tips of Runner beans when they reach the top of their supports.>
Culinary note: Suitable for freezing. Caution: Cook beans before eating to avoid discomfort.
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