May VI: home made bean seeds germinate superbly…

May has seen me germinate the climbing bean and dwarf bean seeds I made last summer.

The results have been stunning.

29/30 Cobra bean seeds sown on 6th May germinated within 7 days and the plants were so vigorous, I potted them on before planting 20 out in the garden on 23rd May.

The Cupidon dwarf beans sown on 15th May showed 36/36 germinating within 5 days:

Of course, the ultimate test of seed saving is the quality of crop produced.

But early signs suggest that saving your own bean seeds is well worth it.

Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *