Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Dwarf Beans
Latest Update 18th July 2016.
Dwarf beans like Italian Romano only grow to about 700mm and are useful ground cover and soil improvers when grown between my rows of climbing beans each summer.
Although not as productive as climbing beans, they don't shade them.
Their yield may be relatively low but they are just as nutritious and tasty as their taller cousins and well worth growing.
Legumes grow well in Ecobeds and are not usually affected by fungal diseases like powdery mildew because their foliage stays dry.
Beans should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically acceptable iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
Spray the bean's foliage with aerated compost tea every month to keep powdery mildew at bay.
solution of 1 part cows milk to 9 parts water makes a reasonably
effective organic pesticide against powdery mildew. However, it needs
to be applied early before the fungi gets well established, and regularly to keep the mildew in check.
As a last resort spray the plants foliage with organic fungicide (Eco-fungicide in Australia).
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of beans
by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes which defend the plants roots against pathogens.
Exclusion netting can be used to stop birds digging up worms in your Ecobed while the plants are young, and takes the edge off hot sunshine with a 20% shade factor. Remove the netting as soon as the beans begin to flower so pollinators can get good access to them.