Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Climbing Beans
Latest Update 9th September 2016.
I grow climbing beans with a row on each side of a climbing frame. With 2 climbing frames, that's 4 rows all together. Productivity has been excellent.
Most of the beans are preserved in a chest freezer, and will last my wife and I about a year.
Melbourne's hot dry summers are ideal for growing climbing beans, especially when grown in rich and moist organic soil.
The raised bed in the picture is a Garden Ecobed with a built-in water tank. The water wicks up into the soil continuously and maintains that essential moisture.
Climbing beans are an excellent source of dietary fibre, folate and vitamin B. They are rich in trace elements including magnesium, potassium and manganese.
They seem to find there way into most of our meals at harvest time. Simply delicious.
Climbing beans need full sun and grow best in warm to hot conditions.
They are frost tender.
They need well structured rich organic soil which must be kept moist at all times.
Clear a space for climbing beans in October. Add a 60mm layer of home made compost and cover with 50mm of fresh straw mulch.
Leave the bed for 4
weeks to build up worm and microbial activity. Remove the mulch just before planting the crop.
Provide a frame to support the beans.
Sow 2 rows of climbing beans in November, one row on each side of the climbing frame and
200mm apart. Using a dibber (or your finger), make 30mm deep holes 200mm apart along each row, and drop the seeds in. Back fill the holes
and water well (once only) with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Use wire netting laid on the ground where the beans have been sown and peg it down. It protects the young seedlings from worm seeking birds.
The beans will grow through the netting and it can be left there until harvest.