Thursday, September 07, 2006

For The Showmen Amongst You........

You may be aware that Frankie at Allotment 21 has been working on producing "The Longest Bean" as part of a pub conceived wager, and doubtless several other allotmenteers will have also been growing runners for show this year. It's not something I'm overly bothered with myself, but a chap called Chris further down our site shows all kinds of stuff.

He recently won 1st* prize I'm told, in a local area show, in a class for "11 beans of 15 inches or more"...Yup...15 inches... or more!

The variety to grow, for those in the know, is apparently Stenner, which is a specialist show bean, and the weapon of choice of the incomparable Medwyn Williams.

I took a wander down to Chris's plot today and snapped this pic of a typical example to show you....One of the ones that wasn't long enough I presume!

* Correction: It appears I did Chris an injustice when I wrote this post, as I have since been informed that he actually won 1st prize, and not the second I have accidentally demoted him to. Sorry mate!


Anonymous Allotment Lady said...

Lovely clean soft hands - did you get someone to model for you? Surely they have not seen soil or any labour in their entire lives?

If you want to compete in the longest bean, Yard Long is the variety for you.

I am not competitive either - in growing the biggest, longest, or whatever. Taste is best!

8:33 pm  
Blogger Greenmantle said...

Nope, no models I'm afraid...just mine own fair hand. (I like to take pics before I start work, so I don't put my grubby mitts all over the camera!)

10:57 pm  
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12:44 pm  
Blogger Allotment No 21 said...

Will you post the longest one to me as proof?

2:50 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

A long bean indeed, but how does it taste?

2:52 pm  
Blogger Greenmantle said...

Apparently Stenner are quite good for kitchen use, but those as grows for shows couldn't care less about the taste I expect.

5:20 pm  

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