French beans, also known as green beans, are a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to grow French beans from planting to harvesting, including tips on pesticides to spray to ensure a healthy and abundant harvest.

1. Choosing the Right Variety

There are many different varieties of French beans to choose from, including bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans are compact and don’t require support, while pole beans need trellising. Choose a variety that suits your space and growing conditions.

2. Preparing the Soil

French beans grow best in well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. Before planting, amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility and structure. Make sure the soil is loose and free of rocks or debris.

3. Planting

Plant French beans in the spring, after the last frost date. Sow the seeds directly into the ground, about 1 inch deep and 2 to 4 inches apart. If planting pole beans, set up a trellis or support structure before planting.

4. Watering

French beans need consistent moisture to thrive. Water them deeply once a week or more often during dry spells. Avoid overhead watering, as this can promote disease.

5. Fertilizing

French beans are moderate feeders and don’t require a lot of fertilizer. Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer before planting, and side-dress with compost or a nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

6. Pests and Diseases

French beans are susceptible to a few pests and diseases, including bean beetles, spider mites, and powdery mildew.  To prevent powdery mildew, provide good air circulation and avoid overhead watering. Please contact us on +254 720 325 144 or email us on to get a completely free Pawpaw spray program to guide you through all the stages of pesticide spraying.

7. Harvesting

French beans are ready to harvest when they’re about 4 to 6 inches long and snap easily. Harvest them regularly, as this promotes continued production. Use scissors or a knife to cut the beans off the plant, being careful not to damage the plant or neighboring beans.

In conclusion, growing French beans is a rewarding experience that can yield a bountiful and delicious harvest with the right care and attention. By choosing the right variety, preparing the soil, watering, fertilizing, and controlling pests and diseases, you can grow healthy and tasty French beans in your garden.