How to grow Dwarf French Bean Compass Seeds

Plant Dwarf French Bean 'Compass' seeds directly outdoors from late spring to early summer after all danger of frost has passed. In mild-winter regions, you can also sow seeds in fall for a late harvest. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and with well-drained soil rich in organic matter. (Amending your soil with compost or aged manure before planting is beneficial).

Sow seeds roughly 2 cm deep and spaced 8-10 cm apart within each row. Maintain a spacing of 30-45 cm  between rows.

Water your bean plants regularly, especially during hot weather. Aim for consistently moist soil, but avoid waterlogging. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Compass will be ready to harvest in about 60-75 days after planting. The crop is produced in one brief burst lasting about 2 weeks. Once beans appear on plants, harvest every 1-2 days. Aim for pods reaching a length of 15-20 cm  with plump but tender beans inside. Pick beans regularly to encourage continuous production. Use sharp scissors or pruners to carefully snip the pods from the plant.

Extend your harvest by making successive sowings (every 2-3 weeks) throughout the growing season. Regularly remove spent flowers (deadheading) to promote further bean pod production. Practice crop rotation with your beans. Avoid planting them in the same spot where other legumes were grown in the previous season to help prevent pest and disease problems.


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