With this variety you can produce very early crops from spring sowing. This is the bean to go for if you miss out or don’t want to sow in the autumn. It has both a high yield and a fine taste 40 seeds
SOW: in February to April for harvest in June to August time. Later sowings in May and June will also crop well. We start all our beans in modules and then plant out, you can sow them in situ if the soil is not waterlogged and protect with cloches while they get going. Late sowings are fine in the open.
GROW: if pot sown grow on and plant out when about 15cm tall. We grow our beans in triple rows which does seem to help keep the taller varieties standing on their own even on a windy site; Witkiem Manita grows to about 90cm. EAT: When in full flower the tops can be pinched out for use as greens. This will restrict the height. Pick when the beans begin to show before the pods are too large. Fresh broad beans from the garden are a taste not to be missed. To Freeze – shell, blanch for 3 minutes, plunge into cold water, drain and pack into portions