A Guide to Peas and Beans

Use this simple peas and beans guide to help you select the best crops for your garden and containers.
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Pea ‘Sugar Snap’

Either pick this versatile pea young and eat the whole pod, or leave it on the plant for longer to mature if you want fresh peas. Plants can grow up to six feet tall, so they will need supports.

Green Bean ‘Goldfield’

Colorful and productive, ‘Goldfield’ yields good crops of unusual flat yellow beans. The tasty pods are tender and stringless, and make an interesting alternative to green runner beans.

Green Bean ‘Blue Lake’

In small gardens, grow this high-yielding bean up canes or trellis in large pots. Plants also cope well with dry conditions. Eat their stringless, sweet, green pods raw or cooked.

Green Bean ‘Purple Queen’

Perfect for pots, this compact bean needs no support and looks striking when laden with purple pods. The tasty, stringless beans freeze well and turn green when cooked.

Runner Bean ‘Enorma’

Popular for its straight and slender, stringless pods that can grow up to 20 inches in length. Plant ‘Enorma’ in a large container and provide long, sturdy canes to support the heavily laden stems.

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