The past couple of years I’ve had problems with runner beans due mainly to the flowers not setting in the dry hot weather, so next year I’m trying the flat-podded French beans Algarve instead. I’ll also be growing the pencil-podded Fasold which I grew this year.
As well as these I’ll be growing two varieties of dwarf French beans, Borlotto Tintoretto and Martini. I grew the latter this year really liked them, with the pods only growing to around 4″/10 cm they only need topping and tailing before cooking.
(l – r Algarve, Fasold, Borlotto Tintoretto and Martini)
I’ll be sowing them in three lots, in mid May then early June and lastly late June, which should give me plenty of beans to enjoy eating well into October. I’ll also be sowing some extra Borlotto seeds which I’ll harvest for the beans to store for use into the winter.
I got all these from More Veg, where I’ve bought most of my vegetable seeds for the past thirteen years and highly recommend them, particularly if you only need small quantities.
Take care, and have a good weekend!