Climbing French beans

Growing suggestions for climbing French beans

Direct sow climbing French beans from May until the beginning of June, when the soil has warmed up. If sown when the soil is too cold and/or wet the beans may rot. We recommend building the climbing structure first (poles distanced 65cm between rows and 40cm within the row) and then planting four beans at the base of each pole 4cm deep. This way you will know exactly where the beans have been planted and you won’t damage the roots when building the structure.

Climbing French bean growing calendar

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Crop history

The French beans belong to the Fabaceae family and are a highly variable species that has a long history of cultivation. Its origins are in North and Central America. Beans were probably first cultivated along with squash and maize (corn). The three crops constitute the “Three Sisters” which is a way of companion planting integral to indigenous American agriculture.

French beans were brought over to Europe after the Spanish conquest. Today, they are a major crop worldwide thanks to their nutritional properties and particularly as a good protein and energy source.

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There is a very high demand for seed at the moment so we are doing our best to keep up with orders and packeting up more seeds. As such we are only accepting a certain amount of orders per day.

Our online shop will be open from 9am each day and we will close it once we have reached our capacity, we have also had to put limits on the amount of any one variety per order (3) and of total order amount (£50), to try to be as fair as possible to all our customers.

Thanks for your patience - we hope you and your loved ones are fit and healthy during this challenging time.

P.S. we apologise in advance if you happen to be in the middle of placing an order when we shut down the shop, and understand how frustrating this would be, but it will inevitably happen to some

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