Afte several years I have given up on them as they are just too much work
for the result. Yes they are very nice when young and fresh. But you have
to grow a lot of plants to get a few beans and then there is much shelling
and peeling. After harvesting I could fill a compost bay with the plants
and shells for a couple of kilos of edibles. Of course if you get a strong
wind (I mean blowing over the garden not after you eat them) the buggers
blow down and turn in circles.
Yebbut they are actually well worth eating unlike the BBs one' can buy.
Himself used to hate all sorts of beans including BBs. He's one of those
very strong willed people so I've not bothered to grow them or serve then
but after aobut 35 years, I'd decided that enough was enough and I liked
them so I would grow them because at least I would eat them. The tiny ones
were so gorgeous that even he decided he liked them and has even now eaten
home grown green beans.
For me, I tend to only grow things that are so much better than the bought
that it's worth my time and effort. and we do have some good places within
an hours drive where I can get good veg but I still put BBs firmly into the
better grown category.
After harvesting I could fill a compost bay with the plants
Chooks love the haulms.
Of course if you get a strong
:-)) I thought that is why one was supposed to put stakes at about 2 ft
intervals and tie some baling twine in squares so they got some support.
Oooh slobber - not too long to wait now till they start putting their wee
We put a whole lot of wattles on the windward side behind a fence of 6 ft
high shade cloth and it's gorgeous in the patch now even when it's blowing a
gale. The wattles grew like stink and I'm now asking him to top them but
he's nto keen on doig that.
I've tried growing them in the past, but the window of opportunity
between 'soil workable' and hotter weather than they like is a problem
(worse than ever, these last few years).
They are very prone to attracting an explosion of big, black aphids, too.
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