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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

How to sow dwarf French bean seeds

Sowing French beans.

  • Prepare the soil making it to a fine tilth,by raking it.
  • Mark out the row, with a shallow drill about 5cm deep is about right.
  • With poor soil you may want to add compost to the bottom of the drill.
  • Water the row before sowing the seeds.
  • The seeds for French beans are a good size, so you can pick them up one at a time and place them into the planting drill. Place your seeds about 15cm. apart. along the row.
  • Now cover your seeds with soil or compost. 
  • Water along the row of freshly planted seeds.
It will take about a couple of weeks for the French bean seeds to germinate.
Some varieties of French beans will  produce a crop in about eight weeks.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

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