Fantastic French beans

Getting ready

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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:

  • 4 canes

  • a piece of string

  • a large pot

  • compost

  • dwarf French bean seeds

  • a watering can

Step 1

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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.

Step 2

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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.

Step 3

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As the plants grow, wind each seedling around its nearest cane.

It will continue to grow, climbing up the cane

Step 4

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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?

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Aphids are tiny green insects that feed on the juice in plants, taking away important nutrients.

Step 5

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Pick your beans when they are long but still young and tender.

Pick them often so that other beans will grow.

Did you know?

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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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