Beans: Our growing tips - 29. April 2021
Beans were already cultivated by South American Indians, and only arrived in Europe in the 16th century. Very quickly, local varieties have been selected, but their tropical origin still requires some know-how to guarantee a rich harvest.
Beans should only be sown after the last frost (as early as mid-May), in soil warmer than 15°C. Before sowing, soak the beans overnight in cold chamomile tea. This will allow them to become fully soaked in water and germinate more quickly.
Most importantly, do not sow the beans too deep: draw a line of 1 cm deep into finely prepared soil, and cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
Dwarf beans: Sow them in rows of 30-40 cm, 5-8 cm apart. Be sure to weed regularly.
Runner beans: In the soil, every 60 cm draw circles of a diameter of 20 cm and a depth of 1 cm. Place 6-7 seeds and cover them with a thin layer of soil. Next, plant a solid support of a height of 2.5 m in each circle.
Protect your seeds: Bean flies like to lay their eggs in the soil, destroying bean crops. Avoid any damage by covering your seeds with a net or non-woven fabric for 10 days.
Yield: High doses of compost will be appreciated.
Mixed cultivation: Beans grow well with salad beetroot, leeks, celery, and long radishes.
Plant seedlings for an early harvest! In early May, sow 1-2 seeds in a 10 cm pot, and let them grow at 20°C. Plant them outdoors on 15th May.