~ FRENCH BEAN Seed ~
We eat a lot of french beans, so this section is one we work hard on.
We've managed to add several new beans to the Collection recently, and we had fun trying to find a whole range of different colours.
Incidentally, we found that these make a great decorative feature if grown all together, and its a good project for younger members of the family.
As always, here are the most productive & tastiest beans we have been able to find. We hope you will enjoy them too!
When to sow beans?
For the earliest production, sow bush varieties. Climbing beans take a little longer to start producing, but will then carry on over a much longer season, giving a higher yield overall. So we always sow a row of bush beans to start us off, then a big bed of climbers to last us right through the summer.
If you prefer to only grow bush beans, then we would recommend making two or three sowings at three week intervals.
You can sow your beans direct in the ground, but we find that we get a better result if we start them off in trays or pots, which lets us keep them away from mice, and also means that we can give them a bit of heat.
~ CLIMBING or POLE BEANS ~
Trail of Tears' Pole Bean
In 1838 they were driven out of their homelands in the state of Georgia by the US government to make room for more European settlers , a forced march known as the 'Trail of Tears'. This bean is one of their heirlooms they managed to keep with them and has been passed on from generation to generation ever since.
We can see why the Cherokees valued it so much! It is incredibly prolific, cropping over a long season. We plant lots each year for our own use & feedback from all of you is always positive.
Early Pole Snap/Drying bean. Tall, purple flowers, rounded green/ red pods. Black seed.
Order BnCT - approx 70 seeds £2.59
Violette' Purple Pole Bean
A really good vigorous early bean with purple flowers & stems, & nice purple pods for fresh use on quick growing plants. (Note: the purple colour turns to green on cooking. )
The special thing about these is that they stay stringless even to a big size, so it doesn't matter if you miss some or go away for a few weeks in the middle of the season. Lots of people have written in to say how much they like it.
Purple pods. Early Pole Snap. Tall, purple flowers, rounded purple pods that stay stringless even when big.
Order BnVI - 80 Seeds £2.21
‘Neckargold’ Yellow Pole Bean SPECIAL OFFER - SEE NOTE
Even the plants show up the colour, with bright yellow stems. The yield of beans from this variety is excellent, and they stay stringless even up to 8 inches long.
It is later than our other beans, definitely mid season, but this is useful to extend your bean crop after the others start to trail off.
IMPORTANT NOTE - This is a fantastic bean, but last year, three people reported that all their beans stayed green, and didn't go yellow. We've checked, and there was definitely no mix-up with the seed - and we grew it in our kitchen garden from the same seed ourselves too, and all ours were yellow. We think it is simply a reaction to certain soil or climate conditions.
We thought about dropping it from the catalogue. In the end, so many people raved about it that we have decided to still offer it, as it is such a good bean, so very productive and tasty. But we have reduced the price to reflect the (small!) chance of getting tasty green beans rather than tasty yellow beans.
Yellow, tasty, stringless, good yields of long beans. Beware may come out green in some conditions!
Order BnNG - 80 seeds £1.99
‘Abundance’ GreenPole Bean
The flavour is excellent and we liked them so much that we wished we had planted a bigger trial plot to eat!
Large crops of green, flattened pods.
Order BnAb - 80 seeds £2.11
~ BUSH BEAN Seed~
Ideal for an early crop, and also the best for those on more exposed sites or
Yellow Bush Bean
Unlike purple beans, they do keep their lovely yellow colour after cooking and look really pretty on the plate or in a salad.
Bush bean with bright yellow pods. (i.e. a wax-podded type)
Order BnMI - 150 seeds £2.16
'Aquilon' Green Bush Bean
An excellent green bush bean from France chosen for earliness and productivity. Very tasty as you would expect given its French origins.
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. We like it a lot.
Long green pods. A good early Bush variety.
Order BnAQ - 120 seeds £2.05
'Cupidon' Filet Bush Bean
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
Sadly, it does not make many seeds and this is unfortunately reflected in the price - but if you can afford it, it is a fantastic bean.
Green pods. A special, gourmet early/maincrop bush variety ,that is long cropping.
Order BnCU - 90 seeds £2.38
~ Saving your own Bean Seed ~
The physical seed-saving is easy, but the need for isolation
(to keep the seed true to type) depends on the species:
Also, be sure that you don't plant types with similar-coloured
seeds next to each other, otherwise you'll not be sure which plant they come
from if they all grow tangled together.