Space the bean seeds 50 cm apart. Space the rows at a distance of 10 cm. Plant at a depth of 0.5 to 1 cm. Plant the 'Prelude' in a nice spot in full sun. After sowing, water the seeds adequately. The vegetable seeds come in a bag containing approximately 30 grams. This is enough to sow 2.5 square metres.
|Growing Height:||40 cm|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Harvesting:||June - October|
|Latin name:||Phaseolus vulgaris 'Prelude'|
|Leafs all year:||No|
The beans require no prior treatment but soaking overnight in lukewarm water can help germination.
How to Sow
Seeds germinate in 14 days. Sow some beans every 3 weeks to give more than one harvest per season. There are 2 methods of sowing: 1. Sow directly in the garden, preferably in a sunny spot as soon as all danger of frost has passed, up to and including July. Loosen the soil in the bed with a fork to a depth of at least 30 cm. There should be no fresh manure in the soil and it should not be too cold or wet. Stretch some garden string between two canes at either end of the bed and drag a furrow along the length of the string. Throw five beans in a hole every 40 cm and cover with soil to a depth of 4 or 5 cm. Use the back of the rake to press lightly down and immediately sprinkle with water. Remove the string and use a marker to label the row. Rows should be 40 cm apart. 2. Sprouting seeds are very liable to frost damage. A good tip is to germinate indoors with the advantage that the birds can't get at them either. Sow in pots, March-April and fill the pots with good potting compost, 5 beans to a pot. Cover with a layer of potting compost to a maximum of 3 cm deep. Press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Stand the pots in a sunny place at room temperature. If the seedlings start to get too big before it is possible to plant out, gain some time by storing them in a cool room. Give the sprouts enough room to grow – keep the pots far enough apart that the leaves do not touch. Give each pot its own cane and tie the plants in as they grow. Plant out after all danger of frost has past, 5 plants (one pot) per cane or string, every 40 cm and rows also 40 cm apart.
Water extra in periods of drought. Keep the bed free of weeds and the beans will continue to grow and develop.
Use both hands to harvest – they should be picked carefully, it is too easy to damage the plant if you only use one. Green beans / Haricot Vert should be picked when the beans are just visible on the outside of the pod. It is best is to harvest all the plants at least once a week during the season. Young pods are tender and sweet and therefore the best. When all pods have been harvested and the plant has stopped flowering, it's time to dig up the whole plant.
Green bean varieties without the dreaded 'string' and are generally considered the tastiest. Almost all modern varieties of beans are stringless. Green Beans, Haricot Vert... it's all the same, only the Haricot Vert are much thinner than regular green beans. The yellow ones are called ‘Butter Beans’, so called because of their butter colouring. They are softer in taste than green beans.