Dried white beans and basil plants

1. Can I take some dried white beans and just plant them in containers on my balcony and will they produce bean plants?  I am just interested it doing it for decoration. 2. I have just put some basil in…

Ants on Fava Bean Plants

There are ants climbing on some of my Fava Bean plants and the plants seem to be suffering – what is the problem and is there a remedy? Also, are there companion plants that could be put in to help…