Fantastic French beans
French beans are easy to grow.
Why don't you have a go?
Dwarf French beans take about 14 weeks to grow.
Plant them between May and June.
You will need:
a piece of string
a large pot
dwarf French bean seeds
a watering can
First, fill a large pot with compost.
Push four canes into the compost and tie them together at the top to make a teepee structure.
This will support the plants as they grow bigger.
Then, push the seeds about 5cm deep into the compost.
Plant one on each side of a cane.
Cover them with compost and water them. Keep your plants in a sunny, sheltered place.
As the plants grow, wind each seedling around its nearest cane.
It will continue to grow, climbing up the cane
If you leave the pot in the garden or balcony, make sure you rub off any aphids you see with your fingers.
Water the plants a little every day.
What are aphids?
Aphids are tiny green insects that feed on the juice in plants, taking away important nutrients.
Pick your beans when they are long but still young and tender.
Pick them often so that other beans will grow.
Did you know?
French beans, also known as green beans, are delicious in salads, soups, curries and stews.
They are a good source of fibre, which helps keep your tummy healthy.
They also contain beta-carotene, which helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.
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