Climbing French Beans
Climbing French beans are small blue-purple, fleshy purple bean of about 30 cm. They have a rough surface with brownish purple stripes down their center. These beans taste like lima or guava. These beans are resistant to the deadly virus and healthy variety can be consumed both raw and cooked.
In order to harvest Climbing French beans, the plant must be bought young, as mature beans do not grow that well in America. Once the plant starts to produce beans, it must be harvested so that the seedling does not become a nuisance. This is why the young plants are sown in pots. The pots are placed in rows about four to six inches apart. If more than one plant is sown, it is better to sow on the outside of the row, allowing the first plant to come up on its own.
To sow Climbing French beans, dig a hole two feet deep and then cover the bottom with dirt. Place the pots in the hole and cover them tightly. Fill the hole with dirt, peat, compost or any soil conditioner. As the pots are saturated, they should be covered with dirt and allowed to drain for about three days. After the drainage period, cover the pots tightly with sand, peat or other soil conditioner and place them in a sunny and warm location where they will remain.
If necessary, water the seedlings once each day. When the beans begin to sprout, they will appear tiny and dark green. They will turn to reddish when they are fully grown. It takes about a year for this variety to mature, but they are worth cultivating for their edible seeds.
In addition to their use as a garden vegetable, Climbing French beans can be used in chili, salads, soups and stews. They make a delicious accompaniment to roasted meat and fish. They also taste good when combined with tomatoes and onions, cooked in hot oil. The beans themselves are slightly bitter, so they need to be combined with herbs and spices before using them. The Climbing French bean contains anise seeds, so you will want to add anise seed salt to the cooking when making stews, salads and soups.
Many gardeners grow climbing French beans alongside alfalfa, cress, lettuce, parsley and other greens. They provide the same nutritional value as those vegetables, but they are not as bitter. They are also available in a variety of colors including pink, red, orange, yellow and white. Because of their naturally darker color, they are an excellent choice for adding shade to a sun-filled garden.
When you sow French beans, there are two options for you to choose from; wet or dry. Wet planting of the beans will allow the beans to create a deeper and fuller flavor as well as allowing them to develop to their full potential. However, if you are going to sow dry beans, you should prepare the soil the beans are going to be sown in prior to planting. The amount and type of fertilizer needed will vary depending on the variety of climber you chose to grow your climber.
Once the bean seeds are planted, they will produce small beans approximately two times faster than regular sunflower seeds. The climbing French bean seeds will not germinate for three weeks following sowing, but after that point they will sprout rather quickly. The sprouts may be green or reddish in appearance. If the sprouts are green in color, you should expect healthy beans.
You should plant the beans directly into the garden or into a hanging basket. The beans should be planted up towards the highest part of the garden. Once you have selected the area for planting, dig a hole two feet deep and then two feet wide. The hole should be surrounded by wooden posts to support the weight of the climber. Once the hole is dug, place the beans in the hole and cover with dirt.
You will need to nourish the beans. There are many varieties of beans available in stores. You can buy them frozen or dried. Once the beans are placed into the ground, they can receive all the moisture they require from the earth. Place the beans in their hole with the top cut off, making sure the stem end of the bean is not exposed to the wind. After they have had time to start growing, they will form tight little circles around the seed.
When the climber is ready, it is time to place the "climbing French" into the hole and allow it to start growing. As the bean grows, it will attach itself to the pole that is connected to the pot. This will continue until the climber is about three to four inches in height. Then the beans will start to fill up and form little mountains as they continuously grow.