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Seed Swap - Herefordshire

Beans

Saving beans.

 

This year has been a bad year for saving (French) beans for drying. I like to grow climbing beans as they produce a lot more than dwarf varieties for the same area of ground. This year they didn’t all ripen. My most successful was a bean from Georgia which produces quite long pods with up to 9 beans per pod. (I’ll bring these to the seed swap.) They are like Borlotti beans but dry more quickly. Blue Coco beans did well too. We ate quite a lot of the under ripe beans of other varieties before they had time to go mouldy.

Cannellini beans did well. These are the ones you can buy as dried beans for eating, and grow (surprisingly) as climbing beans.

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