- Broad Beans are ready to pick from early sowings in March. These flowers on the later sowing of Witkiem Manita variety will soon be podding up and be ready to pick. Acquadulche takes some beating with Express for those who plant late.
- Runner Beans are now 4 -5 feet up the support canes and the lower flower trusses are in bloom. Roll on the first picking which I hope to collect whilst they are small and tender. This summer I have not yet needed to water the ‘Runners’ but if we have a dry August it will be water that keeps them cropping. White Lady can be a good doer as are Lady Di, Desiree and White Lady. Painted lady is an heirloom variety worth a shot.
- French Beans take up very little space and my round podded variety were planted in a sheltered spot in the garden when early flowers had finished. I will be interested to see what size crop I get as they were a bit of after thought with the seeds planted at the end of June. Of the dwarf varieties try Canadian Wonder, Annabel or Sprite.
- Pole Beans are similar to french beans but they climb like runner beans as the name implies. Blue Lake is popular and Cobra has an agm
- Other beans include the soybean or soya bean
- Yellow Wax beans and butter beans may be found at seed merchants.
I will leave the roots in the ground when the harvest is complete as it fixes nitrogen into the soil via the little white root nodules.
With no sign of black fly I have not needed to pinch out the top of the broad bean plants.