Central and North Burnett Times - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

If you like your beans su­per long, then new Yates Snake Bean is the va­ri­ety for you. Snake beans, also known as yard long beans, are a very pro­duc­tive climb­ing bean with thin, long crisp ten­der pods that can grow up to 40cm long. They’re sweet tast­ing and de­li­cious when stir fried with spices or added to cur­ries.

Snake beans en­joy warm weather and hu­mid­ity and are not frost tol­er­ant, so in cool ar­eas it’s im­por­tant to grow them dur­ing the warm­est months of the year.

Sow snake bean seeds 25mm deep, di­rect where they are to grow, in a sunny vegie patch next to a 2m tall sup­port or trel­lis. Best re­sults are achieved when the soil tem­per­a­ture is con­sis­tently above 20C.

Keep the soil only just moist. Avoid over­wa­ter­ing as seeds can rot be­fore ger­mi­nat­ing. To en­cour­age a great har­vest, once the seedlings are es­tab­lished start feeding each week with flower and fruit sol­u­ble fer­tiliser, which is boosted with ex­tra potas­sium that pro­motes flow­er­ing and bean pod de­vel­op­ment.

Bean pods can start to be picked 8-10 weeks af­ter sow­ing and are at their best when young and slen­der, at about 30cm long. Pods grow fast and should be picked at least ev­ery few days to keep the vines form­ing new pods.

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