beans

 

difficulty rating: easy

suitable growing site: open ground or large pot - balcony, garden or allotment

days from sowing to harvesting: 50-90 days 

risk of cross-pollination: low

when to sow: sow bean seeds in april in pots containing seedling or multi-purpose compost. for later crops, sow seeds directly outside in late spring. plant out after last risk of frost.

requirements: good quality soil and regular watering. 

harvesting for eating: varies by variety.

harvesting for seed collection: towards the end of summer, when the beans become full and pod skins become thin and dry.