Red Swan Bush Beans

By Susan Littlefield

Edible landscaping is a concept that's here to stay. No longer is the food garden relegated to a rectangle of plants in straight rows tucked into an out-of-the-way spot in the backyard. Gardeners, especially those with limited space, are reaping a visual ″harvest″ as well as an edible one of fruits and veggies by incorporating their food plants into attractive beds and containers, mixing them in with ornamental plants, and placing them in the front yard or on a deck or patio, not just the ″back forty.″

So it's no surprise that we gardeners are on the lookout for varieties of veggies that do double duty in our landscapes. Even the humble bush bean can contribute eye-catching color when you grow 'Red Swan' bush beans. The 4-5 inch long, flat pods of these stringless snap beans are a beautiful rosy-purple color, making an effective contrast with the green leaves as they hang on the plant. When cooked, the pods change to bright green. Bred from a cross between a purple snap bean and a pinto bean and growing 12-15″ tall, 'Red Swan' is ready for picking in just 54 days.

Like all beans,'Red Swan' will do best when planted in warm soil when all danger of frost is past. Make several small plantings every few weeks in succession for continued garden color and a delectable harvest all summer long.

For more information on 'Red Swan' bush beans, go to High Mowing Organic Seeds. (Image courtesy of National Garden Bureau)


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