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THE BEANS OF YOUR DREAMS

Sue Stickland visits Beans and Herbs and speaks with Pippa Rosen, an organic seed producer who specialises in unusual and heirloom beans

Beans of all sorts, with their amazing range of colours, shapes, sizes and flavours, are one of Pippa Rosen’s passions. She has well over 100 varieties of French bean – some used for their tender pods, some for their soft, freshly shelled seeds and others for seeds that are dried and stored for winter recipes.

Her beany addiction began more than 30 years ago when she tried a few unusual types from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. Now she runs a Flourishing seed company specialising in organic beans and herbs, and she grows all the unusual types herself – either in her half-acre garden or on her allotment in nearby Warminster. “Beans are an excellent source of protein and are extremely productive,” she says. hey can form an important part of a meat-free diet – one that people can easily grow for themselves.

Pippa’s growing methods are also ‘stock-free’ as well as organic, which means she doesn’t use any animal manures or other animal by-products on her crops. Her beautiful garden, full of interesting and unusual plants and colourful flowers, flourishes when treated in this way, and you would hardly know that its main function is to produce seed.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: TRIED AND TASTED – PEA ‘SWEET SAHARA’ KG editor Steve Ott brings you his verdict on this recently introduced mangetout THE BEANS OF YOUR DREAMS Sue Stickland travels to Warminster to meet a grower with a passion for heritage beans VEG OF THE MONTH – ORIENTAL CROPS ✪ Our top tips for success with oriental crops – mainstay of the autumn veg garden And much more!