Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Beans.



I seem to have got it right this year, we have a regular supply of beans, which should continue well into September.

Lady Magnon always gives me strict instructions to 'grow plenty of beans',  I do my best but they are often far too early, or far too late, or simply not enough.

This year I have sown four rows at 3 weekly intervals (as recommended on the box), and it seems to be working. We are having a colander-full every two days; more than enough.

They are that good old favourite variety called 'Contender'. Lovely.



39 comments:

  1. Cro, do you grow any beans for drying?
    Or any runner beans?

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    1. No, these are the only one's I grow nowadays. I used to grow for drying, but no more.

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  2. Mmm...fresh green beans are a delight. I should stop by the farmer's market later this week and get some!

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    1. To us they are the real taste of Summer!

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  3. Only a FEW more months till bean season!!

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    1. And we've got only a few more months to go.

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  4. I love these beans picked young and tender. They don't freeze well so we just try and keep growing them all summer.

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    1. They're not good frozen. I'm hoping ours will continue until September. My last row is just coming up through the ground.

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  5. I've just started picking my Cobra French beans. I sow successionally too and never freeze them. Any excess are shared with friends. I do like your knife.

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    1. No, they don't freeze well. The knife is my gardening Opinel; I have about a dozen of them.

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  6. I thrive on beans. The more the merrier!

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    1. I agree, we'd eat them every day.

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  7. There is a bean called, The Marlon Brando. It often says, "I could have been a Contender." (Bean a contender... oh, never mind...)

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    1. See phann son below. Bizarre.

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    2. 'phan' is a fucking Indonesian bit of scamming software which samples lines from other people's posts or comments. Delete it immediately if you know what is not good for you.

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    3. That was his second visit. I deleted the first one too.

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  8. After several years of very poor cropping runner beans, we actually put some goodness back into the veg plot, and now I have far too many to keep up with ! I like them warm with a salad dressing on.

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    1. We usually eat them much the same; tepid with Mayo.

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  9. You remind me of my father's garden in NZ. In the summer we would eat green beans till they came out of our ears.
    Definitely the taste of summer....and fresh corn. Here we eat them about once a week, stewed with fresh tomatoes and potatoes

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    1. Beans and tomatoes go very well together.

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  10. I love beans but the dry weather, in Somerset, made them tough and inedible, they are now on the compost heap except for the last row I put in which has benefited from the recent rain and taste lovely. The broad beans this year were awful as well, a shame as they are the ultimate bean, in my opinion.

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    1. I forgot to sow my Broad Beans this year; love them. I now have a bag of frozen instead.

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  11. We eat them with gravy and meat and potatoes.

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  12. It is picking time in the garden now and it sounds like you will have a bumper year. I grew beans once and only got enough for a meal or two.

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    1. The only thing that's NOT growing well are our Tomatoes.

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    2. Mine either. We have had constant rain and not enough sun.

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  13. While life is too short for shelling peas, it is not too short to prepare and cook fresh beans. My father once grew broad beans, densely enough planted in an area about 20m by 10m. Can you imagine how many broad beans there were? We became heartily tired of them.

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    1. I actually prefer either tinned or frozen Peas to fresh. I know I sound like a Philistine; but it's true.

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  14. I found a lovely salad recipe for beans steamed for 4 minutes and then quickly cooled, cherry tomatoes roasted for fifteen minutes and then cooled, black olives added - all tossed in olive oil and covered with grated parmesan - I intend to try it this week end.

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    1. I'll give it a go today; I have all the ingredients. Thanks.

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  15. Such success is but a pipe dream for someone in the Hebrides!

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    1. Cro I have given very serious thought to a polytunnel and I even cleared an area of the garden for one. However my land is exceptionally exposed and even with huge wind barriers not many survive the storms and even hurricanes which blow through here ever more frequently. There is a new polycarbonate version which I am investigating.

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