Dwarf French Beans

Looking at them on the plot I may have planted them out too early. Over the last 10 days it’s got considerably cooler and the winds have been stronger – a combination that few young plants enjoy. I’ve tried to give them some extra shelter, using wind-break material or fleece; but they still look like they are sulking to me.

As with the Climbing French beans I had too many to chose from, the final selection are some tried and tested, some new and some from swaps.

Aquilon – Real Seeds “‘An excellent green bush bean from France chosen for earliness and productivity. A modern variety with very long round green pods – up to 20 cm long – produced in large numbers. Popular because they are stringless, and grow high up, so easy to find when picking. Early Bush”
Cupidon – Real Seeds “This is a wonderful bush bean that produces a huge number of tender dark green pods all summer, starting early, and continuing cropping well after the others have finished. It has a particularly good flavour used raw in salads. This is actually a dual-purpose bean – the pods are a filet type so if you like it can be picked very small and eaten that way. The beans also stay stringless as they get to full size and it makes a fantastic normal french bean, with a particularly good flavour raw. Early/Maincrop Bush.”
Ice/Crystal Wax – Swap HSL “Dating back to at least 1882, this Dutch-bred variety was used by the English as a forcing bean in hothouses (William Woys Weaver, 1997). Produces compact plants with white flowers followed by green pods that lighten with age to almost a silver-white with a mauve tinge. With a little imagination these give the impression of icicles. Good flavour and texture when cooked after freezing. Also dries well for use as a pulse.”
Jacob’s Cattle – Swap “These beans have beautiful looking seeds which ripen to a maroon and white mottled bean, also good when young as a green bean. Some sources state this bean is originally from Germany and it appears similar or the same to Trout or Dalmatian bean”
Mont D’Or – Dwarf Golden Butter – Thomas Etty “By 1874. (Semi-climber) Remarkably early, producing an immense quantity of wax-like pods, very tender & fleshy. Should be cooked whole, as is the custom upon the Continent.”
Nautica – Nicky’s Nursery ” A vigorous, black seeded variety producing high yields of very fine pencil pods, typically 13cm in length with a consistent size of 6-7mm. Excellent flavour. Medium to dark green colour; stringless. Early maturity.”
Safari – Kings Seeds “Late maturing type with strong vigorous plant habit with very fine pods carried high on the bush. Pods are round, stringless, straight and dark green, about 12cm in length. Sometimes known as Kenyan beans. High level of disease resistance. Early sowings can be started under cloches as long as they are in place at least a fortnight before sowing. Alternatively seeds can be sown in pots or modules under glass and transplanted later in the season. Protected sowings can start in April, outdoor sowings and transplanting are possible only from mid-May onwards. Successional sowing is recommended for a continuous supply. The site must be wind free and sunny to get the best results. Pick the pods when young and regularly to encourage new growth.”
Stanley – Nicky’s Nursery “A white flowering, white seeded variety that reliably delivers impressive yields of top quality beans. Medium green pods, 14cm x 10mm in size. Early maturity. Suitable for early and late sowings. Good resistant to blight. – Type of Runner Bean”
Ying Yang – Swap “Productive bushes producing tasty green beans when young or leave for yummy shelly/dried beans.Good as a shelled bean, and quite meaty in texture. Also known as Orca Bean”

It’s still early days so if they don’t do well I’ll be sowing again.

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