I’m trying these beans out this year. Previously I’ve grown broad beans and runner beans, but my husband didn’t like them.
I sowed the seeds indoors in April, although because of the cold weather, they were slow to germinate
I had to plant them out at the end of May, as we were going on holiday for a week and there was no-one to water them.
They’d grown a bit by the time we came home, though we’d lost one.
I direct-sowed additional seeds and crossed my fingers
Beans started to appear at the end of June, but it was the middle of July before we picked the first of the crop
The black/purple ones look very odd – like little aliens caterpillars before they swell up.
There are now five plants twining their way up the arch.
There is no distinguishable difference between the ones started in the greenhouse and the direct sown plants. Next year, I won’t bother starting them early under cover.
I don’t know if the white flowers produce the green beans and the pink produce the black ones
We’ve taken the odd bean or two and added them (raw) to salad, but this is the first time there were enough for a side vegetable for two (cut into smaller pieces).
When cooked, the black beans turn dark green, and they were very tasty – lightly steamed for five minutes only.
I’ve recently sown five seeds from a packet of runner beans on the other side of the arch. It’s not too late because we are always around two to three weeks behind those in more sheltered areas. I’m crossing my fingers.
What a whopper!!!!!
Photo taken on 18 August 2018 – this bean is approximately 12 inches long!