Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gourmet Delight

I always seem to over plant so with this in mind today I limited my self to a whole ten bean seeds. I figure that with a 70 to 80% strike rate that will be more than enough beans for us here. And if I plant that many seeds every 3 to 4 weeks apart I should have more than enough beans to keep us going right up until at least the middle of Autumn if not longer.

The variety I chose to plant this time are called 'Gourmet Delight' from Mr Fothergill's, a dwarf bean with long fleshy pods and great flavour also ideal for deep freezing (so it says on the packet).

If by chance you are a novice or beginner veggie gardener you could do a lot worse than starting out by planting some beans for yourself. For starters you will be able to see, taste, beyond any doubt that home grown fresh beans are tastier by far. Also they are so easy to grow that you should be encouraged to try other veggies and before you know it you'll be tearing up the turf so you can plant even more veggies.

So don't say I didn't warn you when you go out to plant your 10 bean seeds.

Just a few tips I pinched from Mr Fothergill's website

How to grow: Sow 25mm (1in) deep in dark, damp soil. Avoid watering for a day or two afterwards. Sow 7-10cm (3-4in) apart, allowing 50cm (20in) between rows. Ensure the danger of frosts has passed and protect plants from the wind. Plant in 3-5 metre (10-16ft) rows and remove weeds regularly. Water well during dry periods and spray flowers with a fine rose on your watering can. This will help the pods to set.
Harvest: Around 8-10 weeks from sowing

Cheers for now



littlefarminthecity said...

Yes 10 seeds are more than enough to plant out.
I get excited and plant way too many seeds, then we are drowning in beetroots, beans, tomatoes, oh and the dreaded zuchinni!
You are spot on with you sowing times too. Fingers crossed we have a good season this year. So far the rain has been brillant! - Emily

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