I visited an
organic vegetable market some time ago and bought a punnet
of scrawny looking beans just because they were organic.
They were a terrible advert for organically grown
So I took up the
challenge and decided to grow my own.
I bought a small
packet of climbing beans to try as an experiment. But before
planting them I livened up the soil with compost till it
looked rich and friable.
My beans shot up
so quickly that I had to rush to stake them in time. It
seemed like a case of Jack and the beanstalk. The leaves
were lush and disease and insect free and in an amazingly
short time they started to produce as if they were going out
But best of all,
my beans were bigger, juicier, fresher and healthier than
any of the beans that I subsequently saw in any commercial
Now I had only
planted about 20 bean seeds in all, but from this small
sampling I was able to harvest more than enough for our own
household as well as beans by the basketful for family and
did my beans grow so well?
I put it down to
four important factors.
The fact that the
“brand” of beans I chose grew well in our area.
Secondly the fact
that I planted them in a sunny position
Thirdly that I
enriched the soil with compost before planting them.
Lastly the fact
that I staked the beans properly for climbing using bamboo and wire for