Sunday, October 8, 2017

French beans

We are currently growing beans at our terrace garden. These are two types - round and long, flat and short - beans. Soak the seeds in water overnight, and the sow in the potting mix. Helps soften the bean and sprout it.

Growing bags are 6"x6" in size. Potting soil is a mix of red mud, cocopeat, and vermi-compost, usually in the ratio 2:1:1; works well for the weather conditions here. Watering schedule is once in two days or when the soil feels dry. Feeding schedule happens to be once in 15 days; vermi-compost put on top layer, and then mixed gently with the soil in the growing bags. Organic pest repellent sprayed once in a month; if pest attack is high, once a fortnight and repeat.

Two types of french beans

Beans from two plants

Thanks and regards,


  1. Rats are chewing the potting bags in my garden. Black pepper sprinkling keeps them away but they are back on nights when I forget. Do you have any remedy to shoo away the rodents?

    1. I have had a rodent that would destroy my plants. Tried almost every trick in the book to keep them away. What seems to have worked is a rat spray! Check online for a variety of such products; search "rat spray for cars." But note that such sprays are chemical-based.


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