French Bean Satelit

23 December 2016 | Posted in Gardening by The Marshalls Family

Satelit French Bean

An EXCLUSIVE variety to Marshalls – Trial our new bean which grows to just 45cm tall producing handfuls of delicious green, fine, filet beans. Each bean is 6-7mm in diameter and 13cm long. Satelit will crop within 60 days of sowing and will tolerate cool temperatures so expect crops earlier than most varieties up to 10 days earlier- and up to the first frosts in autumn, unlike any other bean we’ve trialed. 

Grow Satelit in the vegetable garden but why not try borders or containers on the patio or balcony. Perfect for crops in pots this white flowered - disease resistant, string less bean can be sown from April to July, with multi picks per crop you can be sure to fill your whole growing season with fresh beans, which will freeze with ease for use in the winter months. 

Beans are held away from the foliage making picking an easier job. Harvest regularly when the length of a pencil for best flavour and texture, encouraging more beans to develop. 

We're really excited about our exclusive variety Satelit and we would love to see if our customers love it as much as we do, so we need your help – to find out as much information as we can about how you got on and would love to see your facebook or twitter posts.


Exhibit your crops of French Bean Satelit and win up to £75

We have teamed up with the National Vegetable Society for your chance to show off at each of the 5 Regional shows, your prized crops of Dwarf French Bean Satelit and win cash prizes from a £500 prize fund. Prizes are split at each show to

First prize £75

Second prize £15 

Third prize £10 


The show locations are 

25th - 27th July 2017 - Southern N.V.S Branch, New Forest and Hampshire Show, The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QH

11th - 12th August 2017 - Midlands NVS Branch, Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1JA

28th August 2017 - Scottish N.V.S Branch, Tait Hall, Edenside Road, Kelso, Scotland, TD5 7BS

9th - 10th September 2017 - Welsh N.V.S Branch, The Botanical Gardens of Wales, Middletown Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA32 8HN

15th - 17th September 2017 - Northern N.V.S Branch, Harrogate Autumn Show, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ 

We look forward to seeing your exhibits!


Here’s how to enter!

  1. Become a member of the National Vegetable Society. You can enjoy all the benefits of becoming an NVS member for an annual fee of just £17 and get FREE entry into the Showgrounds
  2. Fill in an entry form for the show you wish to enter. (We will let you know as soon as these are available later in the year. Please watch this space, as well as our Facebook and Twitter page
  3. Select 9 of your best looking Satelit French Beans for exhibiting and come along to the show.

Join the National Vegetable Society here

If you have any further queries please contact John Branham by email on or alternatively leave a message on the National Vegetable Society website.


Sowing times and method - a general guide for a successful crop

Sow indoors: April-May
Plant outdoors: May-June
Harvest: June-August,


  1. Fill a 3 ½ in (9cm) pot or module tray with seed compost – which is light and contains a small but balance level of nutrients in the soil. Level the excess soil off the top and lightly tap the tray once or pot to settle the soil.
  2. Submerge the seed tray into a water-bath beneath so that the soil slowly absorbs the moisture from the bottom without disturbing the soil on top.
  3. Press 1 seed lightly into each pot or module-cell to a 2 inch (5cm) depth and lightly cover with compost.
  4. Label and date the seeds.
  5. Cover the pots or tray with cling film or propagator lid and place on a light windowsill or greenhouse shelf.
  6. Check the seeds twice daily as soon as the seeds have started to germinate and when you can see small leaves remove the cling film and grow on in a light environment without the propagator lid. Water when soil surface feels dry to touch. Rid excess water from the water tray at the end of each day.
  7. When your seedlings have around four or five leaves, take your pots or tray outdoors by day and bring them indoors overnight for a couple of weeks before planting outdoors permanently. This is to toughen them up a bit as young plants before growing in earnest outdoors.

PLANTING OUTDOORS - Once risk of frosts have passed

  1. Water the soil part of your young plants with a watering can if the soil is dry so the soil is nice and moist prior to planting.
  2. Prepare holes 6 inches (15cm) apart in raked soil that are just large enough to pop the soil part of your bean plants in the ground. If you are doing multiple rows space them 10 inches (25cm) apart.
  3. Sprinkle some Marshalls concentrated pea and bean feed in the holes. This will give the roots of your young plants a real boost and put them in good stead to produce healthy fruiting stems for top-quality beans.
  4. Firm in the plants with the surrounding soil with the palms of your hands.
  5. Water the plants after planting with a watering can. Water each of the plants at each spacing until the soil surface starts to puddle then move on.
  6. Label and date your Dwarf French bean Satelit plants to keep record through the growing season.
  7. Water each morning and evening when in their permanent position as above to keep them well-nourished and well hydrated. This will get your bean plants producing lots of fruiting stems.
  8. Pick regularly when length of a pencil for best taste and texture.


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