Hartgood Seeds – Scarlet Runner

$4.95

Lovingly grown with multiferous, exuberant worms in Armidale since 2012 without any artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Untreated, Non-GMO, Non-Hybrid & Open Pollinated

Number of Seeds: 25 at least
Fast growing, Large sized seeds and Heavy Cropping
Climbing variety, Huge in Size

If you live in Armidale, NSW, Australia, you can pick these seeds up directly from Jodie's FOOD SHED and save on the freight. Just near Altitude coffee roastery and Café

The fresh bean is absolutely delicious and melts in your mouth when the pod is still relatively young. A prolific bee attractor.

Edible flowers: Harvest when the flower show strong color, as buds or as fully open flowers. Look spectacular in the garden with scarlet flowers and fresh beans grow over a foot long. Cooked when young, they are an absolute treat.

Seeds are large and speckled dark purple and black. Does best in cooler climates.

It is grown both as a food plant and an ornamental plant.

“It differs from the common bean (P. vulgaris) in several respects: the cotyledons stay in the ground during germination, and the plant is a perennial vine with tuberous roots (though it is usually treated as an annual).” Ref:wikipedia

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Description

Scarlet Runner Flowers

Flowers from a variety of bean called “Scarlet Runner”

They have large dark purple and black seeds when dried. The bean itself while growing is green and large with a remarkably tough texture but feels smooth and absolutely delicious when cooked.

Scarlet Runner bean

A monster Scarlet Runner bean.

“The soluble carbon exuded into the rhizosphere by perennial groundcover plants and/or transported deep into soil by mycorrhizal fungi, provides energy for the vast array of microbes and soil invertebrates that produce sticky substances enabling soil particles to be glued together into clumps (aggregates).

When soil is well aggregated, the spaces (pores) between the aggregates allow the soil to breathe, as well as absorb moisture quickly when it rains. A healthy topsoil should be ‘more space than stuff’, that is, less than 50% solid materials and more than 50% spaces.” Dr Christine Jones

Sunflowers provide a natural trellis for beans to climb up

Some of the seeds we produce.

That’s a Scarlet Runner seed with the green arrows pointing.
See all our seeds here

Our garden security systems and cover crops during the winter

Temperature is now right to plant bean seeds directly into the ground.

The blue tongue lizard on a bug hunt in the garden.

Even more protection from unwanted pests with Mantis Security Services

Natural Pest Control

A powerful bee attractor and cover crop – buckwheat – even saved some of those amazing tetrahedral seeds for next year.

Buckwheat

Winter chia seed also attracted lots of bees with these beautiful violet flowers.

Chia seed plant

So now summer is on the door step and it’s late october in Armidale and we are waiting for an optimal soil temperature of around 18C to plant the bean seeds.

Soil temperature of 18C is ideal for planting bean seed directly into the soil