Freshly picked beans

Heritage beans

Today, according to my biodynamic app, is a good day for fruiting plants like beans, peas, squash and courgettes.

I’d been holding off sowing my bean collection for fear of young plants being hit by late frosts in May.

And I’m glad I did as the cold front has arrived with strong winds and plummeting temperatures; they halved in 24 hours.

By sowing in modules inside now, any seedlings won’t need to go outside until the beginning of June when the risk of frost is past. 

Dried Borlotti Pods
Dried Borlotti Pods

I’ve sown borlottis (the climbers not the dwarf variety) that came from the annual Norwich Seed Swap in February.

They are eaten for the beans inside the pod which look like tiny pink and green marbled eggs when fresh.

They can also be dried – as can most beans – to store, rehydrate and eat through the winter.

I’ve also sown Peggy’s Sussex Runner Beans. They’re from seed grown and saved by my friend, Bee Springwood from her Mum’s, Peggy’s, stock.

I thought it was apt that my 83 year old mother, Jan, helped me.

She doesn’t often get involved in the veg side of things but today we spent a pleasant hour sowing them in a warm glasshouse out of the reach of the fierce and chilly north easterlies.

We also sowed my own saved Czar Runner seed, some Violette de Cosse purple french climbing beans from my friends Cilla and Julie, and an unknown green bean that I really haven’t a clue about!

Still to go into the modules filled with homemade compost are a dozen or so black beans from the Elliott’s smallholding in the Waveney valley that I visited with Norfolk Organic Group (NOG) last year – or was it two years ago!?

And last but not least some climbing beans called Jack Edwards that came from Garden Organics Heritage Seed Library via NOG still have to be sown.

They are also known as Yin and Yang beans for obvious reasons. Now I just have to build the wigwams and structures for them to grow up!












4 thoughts on “Heritage beans”

  1. Wonderful Cath. All my beans are ready to go out but I am holding back – another frost last night. Fabulous photo of Jan. xx

  2. Tried the Jack Edwards this year. Good crop with beautiful bright cherry red and white beans when podded. Have to remember not to eat them all so I can sow again next spring!

    1. Yes, Jack Edwardes look lovely. My borlottis have been reasonably productive.
      Just harvesting them now.
      And saving seed from them and the Cosse Violette and the unknown green bean which have been prolific this year!

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