Are beans the easiest vege to grow?
In most of New Zealand, you can start sowing dwarf and climbing beans this month. Sow a row or two every couple of weeks and you should get a steady supply of pods from these prolific plants from now until January. But remember beans are frost tender, so if you think you might still get a late frost or if the soil is cold to the touch, then wait until later in the month or even November. Or else, if you grow the perennial ‘Scarlet Runner’ beans, when you see the plants pop back up out of the ground, you’ll know it’s warm enough to start your other beans from seed. Give beans a sunny spot in the garden, with rich moist soil and don’t let plants dry right out (particularly if you are growing them in pots). Beans will slow down or stop podding if they get heat-stressed, plus heat-stressed plants are more vulnerable to attacks by sap-sucking green vege bugs. Space seeds at least 10cm apart and bury the seed about 3cm deep. Leave about 50-60cm between each row. Slugs and snails love beans, so if those gastropods are a problem at your place, start seed in trays and plant out when established and lay snail bait when you do. Climbing beans need something to scramble up, so plant near a wall or trellis or give them an obelisk or a simple bamboo teepee.
Start your beans.