How to grow... Beans
Rocket Growing Guides
Growing beans is really fun, and particularly good for getting children involved with a bit of veg. They’re decorative too, there’s nothing quite like runner beans winding their way up a trellis with their lovely flowers.
- Planting Tips
- Growing advice
- Chef's Corner
The right site
Beans are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot. They prefer to grow in moist, fertile soil in a sheltered location away from strong winds. Avoid growing beans in very wet soils.
Can be grown in....
Raised beds or patio pots. Most of them will need something to climb up (particularly runner beans and borlotti beans). You can make a wigwam out of bamboo canes or try our bean and pea planter.
How far apart?
The spacing is completely dependent on the variety you choose, and we’ll advise you what’s best for your baby plants when you receive them.
Looking after your plants....
If your plants arrive while it’s still a bit chilly, in April/early May, it’s worth planting them in pots and popping them in the greenhouse or on a windowsill until it warms up a bit.
The more you pick, the more they grow
Harvest beans regularly to encourage growth of new beans.
They're thirsty - water them well
Beans and peas need to be watered well and regularly. Don’t let them dry out.
Keep weeds down so that they have a better chance of growing up nice and strong!
If you’d like to dry the beans out, wait until they have dried out on the plants. Then, pick them and leave them to dry out in a nice dry place before you shell them. Keep the beans in an airtight container. (Don’t forget to soak them again before you cook them!)
Ways to cook
Beans are simply delicious steamed and served with a drizzle of olive oil. But you can get a bit more inventive…runner bean chutney is seriously good!