Where to plant
Full sun. Moist soil. Large growing area (some garlic grows into small bushes)
Space between seeds / seedlings
Size of pot needed (width / depth)
How to Grow
Dig fertilizer into the soil.
Beans should be planted 10cm apart and sown just below soil level (beans are too delicate to transplant).
Beans should be sown directly into the ground
In a pot
Choose a pot that's at least 5cm wide.
Choose a dwarf variety of beans to plant.
Fill pot with potting mix, sow beans and water well.
Apply plant food when flowers grow.
Ready to harvest
Beans will appear fully grown.
Once the pods have dried on the plant, this is when to harvest bean seeds.
Remove the pods from the plants and lay them out to dry inside for at least two weeks.
After the two weeks have passed following the harvesting of bean pods, shell the beans or you can leave the seeds within the pods until the planting season.
When storing seeds, place in a tightly sealed glass jar or other container.
When to Grow
Zone 1 - Cool
Zone 2 - Temperate
Zone 3 - Subtropical
Tips for Care
Beans come in two varieties, climbers or dwarfs.
Climbing beans need room to spread, so should be plated in the garden along a fence or with a trellis for suport.
Dwarfs are perfect for pots.
Beans are part of the legume family and can capture nitrogen from the atmosphere, so when you have harvested all the beans you want from your plant, dig them out and add to your compost heap for extra nitrogen!
Different varieties of beans may be stored together but wrapped in individual paper packages and clearly labeled with their name, variety and collection date.
Your bean seeds should stay cool and dry (32-41 F./0-5 C.).
The refrigerator is a perfect place for bean seed storage.
In order to keep the bean seeds from molding due to absorbing too much moisture, a little bit of silica gel can be added to the container.
Silica gel is used for drying flowers and can be obtained in bulk from a craft supply store.