Monday 19 December 2011

Has Bean Year?

It was an atrocious year for drying beans* in Edinburgh this year. It just wasn't warm enough and it was too wet. The slugs had a field day. Then the autumn winds flattened any dwarf beans that weren't staked.  (The ony thing they avoided was being struck by lightening)

So when it dawned on me (in October) that, despite the lack of a bumper bean crop, summer was definitely over.  I gathered whatever I could and put them on racks in the shed to dry.   Then I rather forgot about them...   until today when I needed a few beans for soup (ribollita).  I didn't have that much hope of finding anything useable within.

Bean pods
 Despite having been jumbled together the different colours reveal the state of play: The Canadian Wonder (red) and the Malagrowther reversion (mottled white) did at least produce something.  The four Borlotti beans have been thrown in with the Malagrowthers. I am concluding that Italian seeds need an Italian climate.

Shelled beans

....except that the Cavolo Nero does very well in Scotland too!

Last of the Cavolo Nero

*The runners beas did well.


  1. Our onions are suffering in the damp conditions now - it just became damp at the wrong time after weeks of no rain or any sort of moisture.

  2. Ah kale how I have missed it this year.

    Merry Christmas to you Mal.

  3. Merry Christmas Mal, hopefully we'll have better growing weather next year.

  4. I think runner beans usually do well...though my crop wasn't great this year...but that was due to losing my first seedlings and then having to start from scratch which put them behind before I even started. apart from the french dwarf and runner beans I don't tend to grow any others....we aren't big on beans in soups and casseroles so I have never found much use for them. Is there anything else you do with them??

  5. Happy New Year, big man, may you and yours have a good one

  6. it just started to be damp on the incorrect time following days of no rainfall or any sort of moisture.