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Bags of beans

We grew three types of bean last year, broad Beans, runner beans and Climbing French Beans. All provided us with more than enough to meet our needs.
We grew two type of broad bean Witkiem Manita and Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a smaller growing Plant that produces smaller pods which accounts for the difference in yields.

In the photo on the top right you may be able to spot that the plants growing at the back are taller and the photo on the bottom left shows how the bean pods differ in size.

The photo on the top left shows the flower which always reminds me of a bumble bee. Have you noticed what a beautiful perfume the flowers have? You will also notice that the leaves are crimped by weevils.

We always start all our beans in pots or modules in the cold greenhouse. Two seeds are planted in each pot and if they both germinated the two plants are planted out as if they are just one. Transplanting rather than sowing direct gives the plants a better chance of surviving weevil or slug attack.
 You will notice that all our beans are planted through weed control fabric.
Last year we abandoned the dwarf French Beans in favour of the climbing varieties and now their is no going back.

The runner and Climbing French beans were all grown on one bed with each variety allocated ten canes up which to grow. When first planted out we feared that we would have a crop failure as the slugs homed in on the new plants and shredded the leaves. Fortunately most of the growing tips survived and grew away and in the end produced more beans that we needed, both to eat fresh and freeze, so this year we may cut down on the number of plants.

To be honest we grow several varieties as much for the variety of flowers as much as for the beans.
The yellow climbing French beans were slower to grow and the plants weren't ever as lush as the others but we still managed a reasonable harvest.
We will be growing a runner bean called Celebration this year in place of Desiree but more for a change than any other reason. Other than that we will be growing the same varieties as last year. 

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author by S Garrett

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Bags of beans


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