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Peas and beans are easy to grow and great for children too. Sowing in succession (every few weeks) means you'll have a continuous crop throughout the summer. Try growing sweet peas next to your runner beans to improve pollination.
Pea 'Alderman' (Maincrop) - Heritage
This well known heritage maincrop produces heavy crops of large, curved, dark green pea pods of the highest quality. Each pod of Pea 'Alderman' contains up to 11 succulent peas with a superb flavour. This well known and reliable variety has a tall growth habit that will require supports but is well worth the effort for the huge yields that it produces. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 25cm (10").
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' - Heritage
Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean
This highly decorative French Bean makes a fabulous talking point in the vegetable garden, or even in your flower borders. Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' is a T&M reintroduction from 30 years ago, and still as eye catching as ever. The unusual marbled pods are particularly early to mature in July and continue to set pods throughout the summer. These tasty beans turn green when cooked. Height: 180cm (70"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Companion planting: Try growing French beans with Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.
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