Beans,French

When i first got out of the army, i decided to settle down in East Anglia. Living first of all in Colchester, then moving to Sudbury where i now live with my wife Clare.

Everyone seems to grow runner beans, myself included with much success, but now i opt for the more fuller, succulent heavy cropping French Climbing Bean. Below are the two beans that i will be growing from now on.

Borlotto Bean Blauhilde

Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco (Firetongue) an Italian bean grown for its pods Flageolets or usually left to mature, then the older pods used as Haricots.

Cosse Violette, a purple podded type from Italy, that produces lovely purple blue beans that turn deep green when boiled or steamed.

They are easy to grow but are not as hardy as runner beans, so should not be planted out if there is still a chill in the air. I find that they crop much much longer than runners and produce heavy crops but i am sure that all bean growers give loads of these away each year. So that alone tells lottie holders to grow any type of these.

I start mine off in root trainers on the window ledge. This will fill the root trainer up with its roots, that when planted, take a good stronghold and seems to carry on growing without any check. I have used old plastic cups in the past and find that when grown in this way, they take longer to recover and in some cases often die. The root system is very spindley and thin unlike the beans started off in root trainers which are long and thick.

cobra blauhilde

They can also be planted directly into the ground at the beginning of May in the hope that they miss the last frosts. But i always plant mine in doors at the start of April.

I dried my borlotto beans  and found that I really did not have that many for the beans that I grew, so I will only be growing them every now and then.  The beans that will be grown in their place will be Cobra, a very good tasting bean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Cobra seem to be the bean that works best for me, so these will be the ones that I will be growing from now on.  Sowing should commence indoors towards the end of April and outdoors mid – end of May.  This should stop any chance of late frosts killing the seedlings off.  Indoor sown beans can be planted out when there is sure sign of no frost.

One Response

  1. these look amazing chuffa! chuffin hell theyd make you guff!! xx

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