These are the Rattlesnakes planted in July in the shadehouse and planted out in August, the seed a gift from Deb at Footprint Reduction in the Burbs. We’re picking enough to eat every day now, and they’ve joined the ranks of my favourite beans.
These are the Blue Lakes and the Purple Kings, seed planted in August, planted out only a month ago. They’re just starting to bear. They are saved seeds, two of my old favourite varieties. The Blue Lakes are classic french beans, round pods that are tender and crunchy and green. They are gorgeous young and steamed very briefly. The Purple Kings have big flat pods a stunning purple colour. They go green when cooked, and they have a robust beany flavour. They’re best in slow cooked dishes. They both work well as beans for drying and storage too. The Blue Lakes have seeds a bit like cannellini beans and the Purple Kings make a good kidney bean substitute.
These are the brown seeded snake beans, seed planted at the same time in August. They’re a tropical bean, so they’re a bit slower to get going early in the season, and they really like it a bit wetter than it has been. I’m looking forward to them – they are my favourite bean for salads and stir fries and anything where you want a bean that keeps its crunch. They bear really prolifically, and the seed makes a decent azuki bean substitute.
And I was going to finish this post with the snake beans I planted out yesterday, seed planted a month ago and raised to lovely, healthy, 15 cm tall seedlings in the shadehouse, planted out this time of year they should just about catch up with the earlier ones.
Except a bandicoot got into the garden bed last night – I didn’t shut the gate tightly enough and he pushed it open a crack – and dug them all up, along with the capsicums and the eggplants and the tomatoes and the zucchini and the squash and the cucumbers. I spent this morning trying to repair the damage, but he’s broken lots of stems.
I remember my son as a tiny tot answering one of my bandicoot blaspheming sessions with “But mum, bandicoots just like to dig”. They do indeed.