Easy Dwarf Green French Bean
Tender and juicy, sow in late spring and enjoy a bean salad in the summer! French Beans - These are beans where you eat the whole pod rather than shelling them. French beans are easy to grow and have a lot of benefits from being easy to cook, useful in a multitude of dishes, meaty, tasty, as well as being one of the most complete and nutritionally beneficial vegetables. They can help fight everything from cardiovascular diseases, obesity, anemia and constipation to cancers and insomnia, and should be fed especially to both children and those convalescing.
Like people (which is how I see vegetables), they come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colours, flavours and characteristics. There are green ones, yellow, purple, speckly ones, wide ones, stringless, long ones, short, early, late, heavy croppers, purple flowers, white flowers etc etc. The fact they are different is good because you have different cropping dates. You don't want too much of a glut of French beans although they do freeze well of course, but you can do aearly bean like Ferrari, then one that crops all summer like Koala and then a late variety like the beautiful Venetian bean Meraviglia di Venezia.
Climbing beans need support in the form of some canes or wire, but you don't have to spend anything on this if you have a wire fence or they'll grow up raspberry canes for example, without causing any harm.
Plant 1 seed 1-2 inches/2-3cms deep every 2 inches/3-4cm, after the soil has warmed up from say April onwards, in rows 12 inches apart.
Partnership plant: Chard, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Cucumber,
Chicory and Radicchio, Lettuce, Aubergine, Radish, Corn.
What to sow after: Chard, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cabbage,
Cucumber, Chicory and Radicchio, Fennel, Endive,
Lettuce, Aubergine,Melon, Pepper, Tomato, Leek,
Parsley, Radish, Spinach, Lamb's lettuce, Courgette.