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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.
Runner Bean 'Tenderstar'
The first of its kind! A unique red and pink bicolour variety from 15 years of British breeding. Runner Bean 'Tenderstar' combines the valuable characteristics of French beans with those of runner beans, resulting in extra smooth, very fleshy, stringless pods with an exceptionally tender texture and true runner bean flavour. Being virtually self setting, this prolific variety produces masses of 20cm (8") long pods throughout the summer, whatever the weather. With its unusual coloured flowers this attractive runner bean is equally at home in the flower border as well as the vegetable plot. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 30cm (12").
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Pea 'Shiraz' (Mangetout)
Pisum sativum, Snow PeaCustomer Rating
From British breeding, this is the first commercially grown purple variety! The attractive bicoloured flowers of Mangetout Pea 'Shiraz' form stunning flat, purple pods that are best harvested young and eaten raw, steamed or added to stir frys. The purple pods are rich in healthy anthocyanin (antioxidant) pigment, although the colour will fade to dark green when pods are steamed or boiled. With powdery mildew resistance and good tolerance to downy mildew, this superb variety makes a handsome addition to the vegetable plot or containers on the patio. Height: 100cm (39"). Spread: 25cm (10").
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
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