Climbing French Bean - Blue Lake
Blue Lake can reach up to 1.5m in height. They produce pencil-podded, stringless, medium green pods containing pure white beans within. The beans can be used as haricot beans at the end of the season. Climbing varieties such as this one should be supported in the same way that you would if they were runner beans.
Sow from May to June. Early sowings can be made under glass at a temperature of 16°C. Sow into 8cm pots or modular trays filled with seed sowing compost. Outside sowings can be made from May onwards into the growing site 5cm deep. Sow 2-3 seeds every 20cm apart with rows spaced 45cm apart. Seedlings sown under glass should be gradually hardened off before planting outside in late May to the above spacing, once all risk of frost has past. Direct sown seedlings can be thinned out as required. Water regularly during dry weather. Ready to harvest from July to September.