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Growing Beans - climbing, also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                  P P P

(Best months for growing Beans - climbing in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry, cucumbers, zucchini, tagates minuta (wild marigold)
  • Avoid growing close to: Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions), Florence fennel
  • A few young Scarlet Runners
    A few young Scarlet Runners
  • Purple climbing beans
    Purple climbing beans

Grow beans up fences, trellis, sweet corn, trees. Almost anywhere can be 'vertically productive'.

Keep well watered and pick regularly to encourage new flowers. Watch out for snails, as they will eat through the stems near ground level, and will completely eat newly sprouted beans. If you have nice new beans plants one day, and none the next, then it is probably slugs or snails.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beans - climbing

Use young in salads - blanch and cool. Will freeze well.

Your comments and tips

04 Mar 18, Raymond (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We have a problem getting Parsly to germinate..What is the secret.
05 Mar 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Parsley can take a long time to germinate - up to six weeks
02 Feb 18, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have recently planted climbing beans. but am having major problems with grasshoppers and leafhoppers, They aren't giving the seedlings a chance.. I have tried a couple of natural sprays but nothing is working,Today I even put plain flour over all things with leaves-still waiting on that one..ha ha . I have been squashing them too -yuck I have even planted flowers,.and coriander . They are loving the marigolds though... Also my kale is all but skeletons HELP
05 Feb 18, Darren (Australia - arid climate)
Have you tried covering up the plants? Alternatively, apparently a yellow bucket of water attracts them. You could also try to attract birds to your garden. They will prey on the grasshoppers.
07 Feb 18, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks Darren for the reply.Yes I have been covering some plants with cheap bird netting but not beans. The moths can easily lay eggs on the netting if veggies are touching the netting. Also when I lift off the netting grasshoppers do hurry in...The yellow (huge horse bucket) is in the patch now. Just hope no good insects land in the drink...!!! We have peacocks,turkeys ,wild brush turkeys and goats free ranging,so all our veggie patches have to to be well meshed and chicken wired everywhere. Blessings to you and thanks a ton for info..
05 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Maybe time to cover with some bird netting. Make a frame and cover with bird netting. Easy to lift on and off. Or try some wire netting with shade cloth over the top. Like an inverted U. I'm about to do this for dwarf beans - to stop the bean fly in Autumn.
07 Feb 18, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks Mike for your tips. Can you cover climbing beans using inverted U method? Also, do the bees need to pollinate bean flowers? I am interested in making the cover for dwarf beans,so can you explain a little more on how to make cover.(as I am not very good with making things).Blessings to you and thank you for the handy ideas.
13 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
To make a U cover (better description is an n shape) for climbing beans would be quite a job and probably expensive if you don't have the materials around the yard now. We had climbing bean at the Men's Shed over 8' tall. Beans don't need bees. For dwarf beans you could go to Bunnings and buy a roll of wire netting (dog mesh or similar) - I think they do 5 M rolls. 1200mm or 1500 mm high would be better. Make a shape like a small n - 1200 mm 400 up each side and 400 across the top. With the 1500 mm 500 up each side and 500 across the top. Cover with 50 or 70% shade cloth - ($5/mtr Bunnings). Shade cloth is 1800mm wide - so put that over the top and lay some wood posts or what ever along the cloth on the ground - also put a piece of tin or wood on the end to stop them going in that way. My plants are growing pretty good - will be interesting to see if they flower soon. My tunnel is a little small.
03 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I took the tunnel and shade cloth off about 2 weeks ago as the plants were a little spindly. The have grown well and are now flowering. The bean fly hasn't attacked them -- yet ???. When I plant beans now (seedlings - March) they are always attacked by bean fly.
16 Jan 18, Colleen Middleton (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How many years will runner beans regrow for, before having to replant them? I am having a very good yield in their second season...they did take a long time to sprout initially ...possibly due to a cooler than usual early to mid spring.
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