Kids play a big role in many Transition groups. In Transition Hobsons Bay kids come to the Fruit and Vegie Swaps. Some get into the sharing spirit while others play at the nearby playgrounds. Kids will often play at Fermenting Fridays. Kids have come to a few pot-luck dinners. Kids will always be welcome at THB events.
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Welcome! Did you get some bean seeds? Here's some tips and instructions.
We'd love you to email us through a photo of your beans. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post them to this space!
Growing Climbing Beans
August-October. Beans prefer a position that receives a good amount of daily sunlight. Be creative about a structure to train beans up (e.g. poles, trellises, wire mesh...). Here's a simple and cheap trellis. Once you've chosen a spot, work a 5- to 8-cm layer of compost or aged manure into the soil. Cover with a light straw for mulch.
Melbourne Cup Day or early November (after the danger of frost has passed). The seed should be sown directly where it is to mature. Space the seed about 5 cm apart sowing the seed 3 cm deep. Water the seeds once planted and then take care not to over water the newly planted seeds, as they will rot.
Peas and beans do not like a lot of mulch or manure especially up against the stalk/stem, or being over-watered, as they tend to rot off at the base of the stem. Do not overfeed young plants or they will grow lanky and will not produce a good crop of fruit. Wait until they have started flowering and then give them a good feed of liquid fertilizer once a fortnight.
January. Pick regularly to keep plants vigorous and encourage a bigger crop. Be careful not to be too energetic when pulling the pods off so as not to damage the vines. At the end of its productive life cut the stems off at ground level; leave the roots in the ground as bean roots produce nitrogen nodules. They will break down and give your next seedlings a good kick-start.
Easter. Let the pods dry on the plant. The shelled beans are edible too! Don't forget to save some beans for planting next year.
Lazy Housewife Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris (the smaller white bean)
Lazy Housewife Bean is one of the earliest documented varieties of bean, is an early stringless type of climbing bean that has been found to have higher yields than many of the modern varieties. These beans can be eaten fresh or as a dried bean and have a superb flavour. The plants crop in approximately 80 days and produce continuously over an extended season.
Purple King Bean
vulgaris (light purplish-brown seed)
Purple King Bean, an heirloom variety of climbing bean that is an Australian favourite producing straight flat bright purple pods that grow up to 17cm long. Sometimes called Magic Beans because the purple pods turn green when they are cooked; giving these beans an inbuilt timer! The plants crop in approximately 90 days and will produce continuously over an extended season.
Phaseolus vulgaris (the larger white bean seed)
The Muffet Bean, which arrived from England to be established in the Goulburn, NSW, area in 1827, was a large bean that would have helped to feed the fourteen registered children of Ken Muffet's great grandfather. It contains up to twelve beans in one pod. These beans have a wonderful flavour and can be eaten fresh or dried. The plants crop in approximately 90 days and will produce continuously over an extended season.
Uh-oh. Accident with the beans? Dog or little brother or sister? Never mind. Email us your address and we'll send you out some more seeds!
Thanks Lizzi for donating the seeds and the text above.
Kids, the photos you send us will go here >>>>