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This month, I am writing about one of my favorite vegetables – Runner Beans.Â Many of you will be confused; most US seed catalogs carry only Scarlet Runner and then only in the flower section.Â In England, every tiny back garden has a “teepee” of poles covered with bright red or pink flowers that grow into masses of long flat, rather rough textured beans.Â Now is the time to extend your horizons and grow this wonderful and prolific bean.
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I love runner beans.Â They are probably the most productive crop for the least amount of space you can plant in your garden.Â In a 3′ x 3′ square area you can grow 25 lbs of beans on a pole teepee.Â The beans are long (up to 18″) and get rather rough textured
Runner beans are a little different from the normal bush or pole bean species – they are Phaseolus Coccineus rather than Phaseolus Vulgaris.Â They grow well in the UK, so unlike our standard beans, they prefer slightly cooler weather and do not need a lot of sun.Â In a hot US summer, they will often stop setting pods until it starts to cool down in September.
In the UK you can find up to 20 different varieties of runner bean including: Scarlet Emperor (an old favorite), Enorma (long pods), Polestar, St. George, Hestia (dwarf variety), Painted Lady (with pretty pink flowers), and Moonlight (with white flowers).
Harvest: Pick beans constantly as soon as they are 6″ long.Â If you prefer a strong bean flavor, let them grow as long as 12″ and slice them up before cooking.Â Blanche and freeze beans to store over the winter.
Soon you too will be hooked on growing this neglected yet amazingly productive vegetable.
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