Everyone, everywhere has a role to play. Help us double global consumption of beans, peas, pulses, lentils and legumes by 2028.
It’s easy to grow your own beans! With thanks to Grow It Yourself, here’s a starter guide.
Grab a grow box – an enclosed space for growing the beans indoors or to protect them outside during colder months.
Pick a space – choose somewhere sunny with drainage. Beans are a nitrogen-fixing crop, so they do not need much fertiliser.
Select the beans:
- Broad beans – Easy to grow, cope well in colder conditions and freeze well. Grow them outdoors. Plant them next in January.
- French beans – Easy to grow, tasty and super versatile. Grow them indoors or outdoors. Plant them next in March.
- Runner beans – Easy to grow, prolific and easy on the eye. Grow them indoors or outdoors. Plant them next in May.
Sow the beans – Most types of shell bean seeds are sown 2 to 3 inches (5-7.6 cm.) apart in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet (.6-.9 m.) wide. Remember beans do not tolerate frost so plan accordingly and then sow every four weeks until mid-July.
Care for the beans – make sure they are well-watered and weed by hand only, to avoid harming the bean.
Harvest the beans – Make sure to pick them as they appear.
Share and enjoy – check out our delicious bean recipes.
A campaign to fix the future by doubling global bean consumption by 2028.