My climbing French beans ‘Monte Gusto’ have germinated and are growing nicely.
I am resisting the urge to plant them out, as the temperature has dropped to 0 a few times over the last week, which has seen me rushing to blanket courgettes, corn and other tenders I optimistically and pointlessly planted outside.
I didn’t want them getting all big and leggy indoors, but they are doing nothing really outside as it’s too cold. I’ll time things a bit better next year.
There was a reason for planting the corn early – I wanted to give it a headstart, then the beans could climb up it. This is patently not going to work as I should have realised. Those beans will be rocketing skywards in moments. I’m guessing 3 Sisters must use boring old ground beans.
It’s fine though. I’m going to put some canes around the corn so the beans can climb and their nitrogen-fixing properties will still help the other plants.
Note that ‘Monte Gusto’ is a yellow variety of bean. Psychologically I just prefer them. I think it’s because supermarket beans tend to be green, so I associate yellow beans with being more tender and delicious as I’ve only ever had them home-grown.
And why climbing beans? Better use of space, less problems with pests, easier to pick, and they look lush and verdant!