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Posted: Monday 3 September, 2007

by Rosemary at 8:51pm in Growing 2 comments Comments closed

I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since 18th August - shocking! The weather's been better since the schools went back on the 20th August - typical. It's kind of autumnal now; some of the trees are changing colour and it's quite cool tonight. Hope it kills the midges. I've always told Dan that I won't live anywhere other than Scotland (Sean Connery take note!) - but the midges are soooo bad just now, I'd be tempted by a midge free zone. Poor Smokey is eaten alive.

Anyway, beans. We have NEVER had a crop of runner beans like we have had this year. The variety is Czar, which has a white flower - whether it is that or the season, but there are loads. It's the Horticultural Society show this weekend, so I'm planning to find six good beans and enter them. And a marrow - in the weight rather than quality class. And rhubarb, in quality class not weight. I don't really know what the criteria are, but we'll give it a go.

My pa-in-law tells me that if I let the beans go, they become butter beans, so I might try that. Inadvertantly, if nothing else.



Monday 3 September, 2007 at 10:40pm

Good luck with the rhs show.

I went to the amateur gardening show this weekend, I so wish I had entered my beans.

I couldn't believe the size of the veg in the giant veg category.

I might give it a go next year and grow some whopper veg.

Once again good luck with your beans.

Love your site...


Aspiring smallholder

Wednesday 12 September, 2007 at 10:51am

I was interested to read about your runner beans. We too have had a bumper crop - the freezer has a huge stock of frozen runners for winter. We tried a white flowering variety - I think they're called White Lady. Apparently the white flowers are less prone to being eaten by birds, and also they set more readily. They're also almost entirely stringless which is great - even some of the old big ones that I've come across are good.

Love the sheep by the way.

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