Beans are great for beginners

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Beans are one of the best choices for anyone starting their vegie patch. As experienced vegetable growers will tell you, beans are easy to grow from seed, suffer from few pests and diseases and are very nutritious.

Beans (excluding broad beans) have subtropical origins and shouldn’t be sown until the soil has warmed and there’s no longer any danger of frosts. Because they’re legumes and can capture their
own nitrogen from the atmosphere, they don’t need very much fertiliser. Before planting, dig some Yates Blood & Bone into well-drained soil in a sunny spot and, if required, add some Yates Garden Lime.

Water the bed well in the afternoon and sow the next morning while the soil’s still moist. Unless it’s very hot and windy, the bed shouldn’t need watering again until after the seedlings have emerged. Bean seeds rot easily in wet spots, especially if the soil is still cold.

When the bean plants reach flowering stage, begin feeding them every fortnight with Thrive Flower & Fruit. This will strengthen the plants and encourage more blooms. Pick bean pods while they’re young and tender. This encourages more beans to develop.

Dwarf beans

Although these low growers don’t need a trellis or fence to climb on, they will occasionally, especially in cloudy weather, produce long, semi-climbing tendrils that will need to be pruned back. Sow new dwarf beans every couple of weeks right through the warm weather.

Climbing beans

Climbing beans are well worth growing because they produce heavy crops over a long period and their verticality means they take up little room in the garden. Make sure that some sort of climbing support is in place before sowing.


Spider mite is the worst pest. It causes light discolouration of the leaves and severely weakens the plants. Fortunately Yates Nature’s Way Insect & Mite Killer Natrasoap gives low toxic control and doesn’t have a withholding period – spray, wash and eat beans on the same day.


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