EXCLUSIVE - For a space saving rainbow of flavour and colour in the garden and at the table, plant this seed mix of 3 different coloured bush beans. The sturdy, vigorous plants are ornamental in the garden, and as a bonus, the pretty colours of their succulent pods stand out against the foliage for easier harvesting. Tender, stringless and juicy, the gold, royal purple and deep green crunchy pods will cook up sweet and tender to highlight summer meals.
Equal parts: Golden Roc d'Or, Purple Queen, Green Slenderette
START SEEDS OUTDOORS
In spring once weather is warm and settled and night temperatures stay securely above 55°F (13°C), plant seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Poke seeds in 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart in rows 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart. Make several sowings several weeks apart until the end of June to provide long continued harvests.
Tender crispy garden beans are an easy reliable crop to grow, but don’t plant seeds too early as cold conditions prevent good germination. If first sowing comes up unevenly, replant right away; new seedlings will catch up quickly. Birds are often attracted to young bean seedlings, so watch carefully and protect with netting or floating row covers if necessary. Avoid cultivating plants or picking pods when plants are wet.
HARVEST AND USE
Pick beans frequently to encourage plants to continue making new blossoms and pods. For best eating, harvest beans when they are slender and before the seeds inside the pods have filled out. Enjoy tender-crisp beans quickly steamed or sautéed to serve hot, or toss all three colors in an herbal vinaigrette. Cooked beans combine well with squash, carrots, or corn, accented with fresh chopped dill or thyme for pretty summer meals.
Cold Winters: May - June
Mild Winters: April - June
Sun/Shade: Full sun
Sow Seeds: 4 inches apart, 1 inch deep
Days to Germinate: 5 - 10 days
Days to Harvest: Approx. 55