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Full of beans

Keep your finger on the pulse with exciting new varieties available to grow this year
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Beans come in all shapes and sizes, from the giant exhibition grade specimens to the dinky dwarf varieties that are just the right size for pots on the balcony. Yet, the three most common options for growing in this country are runner, French and broad. Each has its own appeal and all are ideal for novices, as they’re simple to grow and produce a seemingly endless supply of pods, so long as you water well and harvest frequently.

For something a little different consider using pipes to act as a support network for dwarf varieties
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You can plant seeds straight into the ground from May onwards, or once the ground is warm enough. It is good practice to plant two seeds per hole, to allow for one to fail, then if two make it, just prick out the weaker one. You may find that neither germinate, as it would seem bean seeds are a delicacy, irresistible to many of the creatures who visit our gardens. For a safer bet grow seeds indoors in a bright spot, and transfer outside once hardened off and any chance of frost has passed. As beans like to set deep roots, it’s advisable to use root trainers, rather than standard seedling trays. Alternatively, the cardboard tubes found inside toilet rolls make an ideal seed pot, and can be transferred directly into the ground when you come to plant outside, as the cardboard will soon rot away and allow the roots to spread as they should.

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel like we’ve turned a corner in April. The clocks have gone forward, so we’ve got longer, lighter days; the weather is getting warmer, so we can fling open the windows and let the fresh air in and the garden is bursting with colourful flowers beckoning us outside. And not forgetting, it’s Easter this month, which means we get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to look forward to (which is perfect for getting stuck into a spot of decorating)! So with all this on the horizon we’ve filled this issue with lots of exciting spring features. It’s time to ditch those furry throws and heavy winter curtains and lighten up your home’s look for the months ahead. On page 36 we take a look at the latest fabric trends and show how you can use them to give your home the ‘wow’ factor. While on page 42 we discover lots of great new products to take away your wash day blues. If you haven’t already noticed, green is the big colour trend for this year, so on page 20 we show how to give your home a gorgeous leafy green makeover with purse-friendly accessories. To celebrate Easter our Craft Editor, Sophie, has designed some adorable projects to brighten up your home – you’re going to love the cute little lambs (p.60)! And make sure you check out our quick and easy recipes on page 100, perfect for making your Easter family gettogether really special. Have a great month and a very happy Easter!