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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.
Climbing Bean 'Cobra'
Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean
An RHS AGM variety with an exceptional flavour, that will crop continuously over a long season. Climbing French Bean ‘Cobra’ produces heavy crops of smooth, round, stringless green pods of about 18cm (7”) long. This attractive mauve flowered bean makes a delightful addition to the flower border as well as the vegetable plot. Height: 180cm (70”). Spread: 30cm (12”).More info
Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'
Vicia faba, Fava Beans
A gardeners’ favourite. Broad bean 'Aquadulce Claudia' is the best broad bean for autumn sowing, overwintering plants on the plot outside, for an early harvest the following spring. Slender pods of 23cm (9") long, are full of succulent white seeded flavoursome beans. Height: 100cm (39"). Spread: 45cm (18").More info
Pea 'Oregon Sugar Pod' (Mangetout)
Pisum sativum (Snow Pea)
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Dwarf Bean 'Speedy'
Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean, Bush Bean
Aptly named dwarf French Bean ‘Speedy’ is one of the earliest and quickest beans to produce pods to pick. This productive variety produces good yields of fleshy, mid-green pods, approximately 14cm (6") long from July onwards that have an excellent flavour. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").More info
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