Growing Beans - dwarf, also French beans, Bush beans

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P P P P       P P P P P

(Best months for growing Beans - dwarf in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks. Pick often to encourage more flower production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry and cucumbers, tagates minuta (wild marigold)
  • Avoid growing close to: Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions) Sunflower
  • A dwarf bean seedling
  • Bush/Dwarf beans

Traditionally sown in rows, dwarf beans also grow well 'broadcast' or scattered over an area. Just scatter the seed (don't worry about the odd ones which are close up). Cover with soil, potting mix, or compost and firm down with the back of a spade or rake. Grown this way the beans will mostly shade out competing weeds and 'self-mulch'.

Keep watered and watch for shield bugs and green caterpillars Pick the beans regularly to encourage new flowers. Flowering will slow right down if you let the beans get too large (hard and stringy) on the plants. For a continuous crop, plant more seed as soon as the previous planting starts to flower. Protect against snails and slugs - they will completely destroy newly sprouted beans, and will eat the leaves off grown plants.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beans - dwarf

Can be used in salads when young, blanched and cooled.
Will freeze well.

Your comments and tips

27 Sep 21, Selina (Australia - temperate climate)
Why are my dwarf beans leaves yellowing? They’re planted with cherry toms and spring onions so it gets lots of water so I’m thinking it is that. Am I able to transplant them into pots? They’ve got flowers but no beans as yet.
28 Sep 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I just googled it - overwatering. Tomatoes need a good deep watering 2-3 times a week. Give a light fertilising and cut the watering back to 3 times a week.
13 Aug 21, Garry Searle (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can you grow Snow Peas next to Bush Beans?
29 Aug 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
Put the snow peas on the south side of dwarf beans.
20 Oct 20, Michael Hollis (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My beans have got a dry and curly leaf on lower branches. My soil is very good but maybe too well drained. Any advice please
21 Oct 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Dying leaf could be just old leaves or some disease. Curly leaf could be a disease or dry weather. A plant will protect itself in the heat of the day or hot weather by exposing less leaf to the sun. Put some mulch on the top of the soil to keep more moisture in the soil. In the future look at adding something to your soil to slow down the water draining through the soil so quickly.
22 Oct 20, Michael (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Many thanks
25 Apr 20, Nameer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My French dwarf bean seedlings have light green to yellow coloured leaves, I thought they were looking anaemic, now theyve developed grey brown spots in all the leaves. They're in potting mix, I recently sprayed them with iron chelate, they get about 5 hours good sun daily. Any suggestions welcome thanks.
27 Apr 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live sub tropical Bundaberg and I find that the bean fly hits beans in the autumn, so I grow mine in the spring. I'm on the look out to find out what to put in the soil or on the plants to stop the bean fly.
06 Jan 21, Dan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have you tried making and applying garlic spray yet? Ive heard it works well to deter all chewing/sucking insects (and powdery mildew!). I would think it might also deter pollinators though, but this wouldn't be a direct problem for beans as I understand they self pollinate as the flowers open.
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