Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Dwarf Beans
Latest Update 19th July 2018.
Dwarf beans like Italian Romano only grow to about 700mm and are useful ground cover and soil improvers when grown between my rows of climbing beans each summer.
Although not as productive as climbing beans, they don't shade them.
Their yield may be relatively low but they are just as nutritious and tasty as their taller cousins and well worth growing.
Legumes grow well in Ecobeds and are not usually affected by fungal diseases like powdery mildew because their foliage stays dry.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Multi-sow 24 dwarf beans in 12 seed tray cells in an EcoPropagator. When they have reached 4th leaf in their growth, plant them out in a prepared row in an Ecobed about 125mm apart.
Use a large dibber to make the planting hole and try to keep the soil around each cluster's roots intact during the transplant.
Water them in well with dilute seaweed extract.
Cover the soil with mulch as soon as
the beans are established.
Harvesting and storage
Harvest the beans from March.
Pick them as soon as they fill their pods, as picking them early to encourage more flowers to grow.
Use a pair of scissors to snip the pods off the bush to avoid damaging it.
For best taste, cook the beans as soon as they are harvested.
They store well retaining their flavour and crisp texture if harvested young. Just blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes, dry them and put them in your freezer in zip bags.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog Controlling Garden Pests explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.