Each batch has been between 600 and 650 grams, which provides enough beans for a generous 2-person helping.
I thought you might like to see the difference in the pods produced by the two different varieties I have grown this year - "Imperial Green Longpod" and "Witkiem Manita". The pods of the former are long and slim and normally contain about 6 or 7 beans, whereas the other has short fat pods which contain 4 or 5 beans.
|Imperial Green Longpod - long and slim|
|Witkiem Manita - short and fat|
Here are the two varieties being cooked together. I don't think I need to tell you which is which!
Meanwhile, the long-suffering Dwarf French Beans "Speedy" have delivered their first few pods:
OK, so as usual it's not a lot, but they are (though I say it myself) very fine beans! I think beans like this need to be picked when still young and tender. If you leave them too long they can go stringy. I would also like to say that I have an aversion to "squeaky" beans - ones that have been undercooked, as is regrattably fashionable in some so-called posh restaurants.
The Sweet Corn is looking good too, with each plant exhibiting at least one burgeoning cob, resplendent in its luxuriant silks.
I just hope that they have been adequately pollinated. Sweet Corn is wind-pollinated, with the pollen being blown down from the flowers up at the tops of the plants onto the silks on the cobs down below. This is why I deliberately planted my corn in circles, working on the understanding that whichever way the wind was blowing at any given moment at least one other plant would be downwind. We have had so much heavy rain that I rather fear than the pollen may have been washed away instead. Only time will tell. Just a thought: lots of people hand-pollinate squashes and pumpkins. Has anyone tried hand-pollinating Sweet Corn? It might be practical with a small number of plants like my 12.
Finally for today, I want to demonstrate that the first of my Tomato fruits are (is) beginning to ripen and turn red:
Yes, it's definitely not green any more!