Beans Abound: Courtyard Gardener’s Allotment #courtyardgardener #allotment @Sarah_Ash7 @Rasumova @MishaHerwin

Jan Edwards

Beans abound this year in Plot 25. In an effort to extend my repertoire and eat healthily within my restricted diet *(no brassicas or alliums) beans are playing a big role this year.

runner-beans-ray-laceyscience-photo-libraryDSC_2427First up that old favourite the Runner Bean.  I took me a while to persuade the other half that he liked them because of memories of beans at home and school that had been left to grow to size which gives them a tough, hairy, coat that is not pleasant to eat.  Picked young, cooked lightly and lavished with butter and pepper, they are a delight. As with most veg they are best fresh but runners always freeze well.

The netting is hemp, meaning once the season is over the stems and net can all go into the compost!

The sticks at each end mark  a row of parsnips that are yet to appear – but patience…

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