Growing BEANS in your Vegetable Garden

Broad Beans
BOTANICAL NAME: Vicia faba  
SUN: Full Sun  
SOIL TYPE: Rich well‐drained, deep sandy, composted loam  
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.8  
WATERING: Every 2nd Day  
MATURITY IN DAYS: 70 ‐ 75  
KNOWN PESTS: Grasshoppers  
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A
The broad bean (Vicia faba) is a bushy, hardy annual that grows up to 1 metre tall; it has square stems with leaves divided into leaflets.
The white flowers are marked with brown. The pods contain four to six or more light-brown seeds.


Trellis or Pole Beans
BOTANICAL NAME: Phaseolus vulgaris  
SUN: Full Sun  
SOIL TYPE: Medium‐rich, well‐drained, deep sandy loam  
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 7.0  
MOISTURE/WATERING: Average  
MATURITY IN DAYS: 65 ‐ 80  
KNOWN PESTS: Aphids  
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A

Trellis beans are among the few vegetables that add a sense of height to the garden. Snake beans can climb up stakes trellis's or fence supports. If growing space is limited, snake beans are the
answer. Snake beans yield over a long period of time and frequent picking encourages more production.


All bean types require a full sun location, soil pH of 6.5‐7.5, and well drained soil. Good air circulation around bush bean plants is essential as they are susceptible to fungal diseases which prevail later in the season.
Most beans are light feeders; compost or well rotted manures worked into the soil at the time of planting is usually enough for the whole season.  
When harvesting, use maturity days as an indicator. Harvest once the pods are smooth, firm and crisp.
Keep beans constantly picked to ensure a fresh supply.
Dry & Shell Beans ( White Hyacinth, Madagascar and even Rice Bean) should be harvested when the bush beans pods are completely dry and brittle.
Cut or pull pods from bush bean plants and shell the beans. Store beans in an air tight container in a cool dry spot.


Best Times to grow Beans:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania - Oct - Jan
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth - Mar - July.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton - Mar- June
North Q'ld and NT - April and June.