Horticultural aide memoire Sow French beans
It always pays to hold off sowing French beans until the soil is sufficiently warm. Sown too early, they either fail entirely or make a miserable half-baked appearance. The second half of May is quite soon enough, if the weather prove fair. There are many good forms to choose from, including some with ornamental pods. Rig up a simple frame of sticks to give the plants something to hang onto, and use a trowel to make a hole every 6in along the row. Into each hole, drop a couple of seeds, thinning down to one seedling if necessary when greenery appears.