Grow this great bean for a really versatile, dual purpose plant. It produces straight and elegant, green, flat pods that mature and fatten to a shade of pale yellow. Each pod holds 7 or 8 soft skinned beans that you can cook fresh or dry for winter use, the soft skin aids digestion and cooking. Disease resistant.
Sowing time: Indoors: April- May Outdoors: May –June
Sowing Indoors: Sow individual seeds in 8cm (3in) pots of seed and potting compost. Keep the pots in a frost free greenhouse. Ensure the compost remains moist at all times, but not saturated. Gradually accustom the young plants to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting them out to their cropping positions from late May onwards, when the danger of frost has passed. Allow 30cm (12in) between plants in the row.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow individual seeds 5cm (2in) deep and 8cm (3in) apart. Dwarf beans are usually sown in double rows with 30cm (12in) between each row. Each row then supports the other. They will require no further support. Dwarf bean seeds are sensitive to cold, wet soils and will not germinate in unfavourable conditions. We therefore recommend you do not sow seed outdoors before may.
Aftercare: Dwarf beans require plenty of water to produce a good crop. Water generously during dry spells. They are generally disease and trouble free.
Harvest: June –Sept Pick the beans when they are young and tender. This encourages the plants to remain productive for longer.
Freezing: Dwarf Beans freeze well. Simply blanch them in boiling water for a minute or two, drain allow to cool, then bag them for the freezer.
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