This weekend is "Go For It Weekend". Any seed that is left that is "hardy" gets sown direct. Anything "half hardy" gets sown direct and covered with fleece or sown in pots and kept under cover at night. Any seed left that is "tender" gets sown in pots in the "greenhouse" and even brought indoors on cold nights, until mid/late May. This last catagory includes BEANS.
Now the big question: Which way up should you sow your beans?
The pictures below, from last year, illustrate the dilemma. The mirror smooth casing softens, a root is sent down and the two fleshy halves of the bean seed (cotyledons)split and rear up on the stem. Don't tell me that it makes no difference which way up the seeds are buried in the pot! But searching away there is no opinion to be had on this issue. Everyone seems to think there is no right way to sow a bean! Well I don't buy that. The guys at the bottom of the page know the answer, but they're not telling!
The principle orientating feature of a bean (I learned from the web today) is called the "hilum". This is usually described as the "scar" on the bean. Should it point up or down? (Or sideways?). Please tell me because I've got a hell of a lot of beans to sow this weekend!