Harvesting French beans

How to sow dwarf beans in a pot

Find out how to sow dwarf beans in a pot, with the help of this simple three-step guide.

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Dwarf French beans are long-cropping, compact plants, ideal for a container. They taste good fresh, or if left longer to mature, beans can be shelled and dried for the store cupboard.

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Here’s how to sow dwarf French beans in three easy steps.

You will need

  • Dwarf French bean seeds
  • Large pot
  • Multipurpose compost
  • Watering can
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Step 1

Dry beans stored up to three years can still be sown. Remove enough from the pack to sow individually with a 25cm spacing.

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Step 2

Fill a large pot with a mix of multipurpose compost. Sow beans 5cm deep.

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Step 3

Thoroughly soak the compost and keep it moist. Seeds take between a week and 10 days to germinate.

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How to harvest

Pick the beans from midsummer onwards, when the pods are about 10cm long.

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