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Mr Fothergill’s is full of beans as we celebrate them in 2017

October 21st, 2016 | News | 0 Comments

Celebrate beans Mr Fothergill’s 2017 seed catalogue features several new bean varieties, as we support the pan-European Year of the Bean initiative in the hope of encouraging gardeners to grow more of these tasty vegetables in 2017. Exclusive new runner bean Aurora is unique in being both pink flowered and producing self-setting pods. It is British-bred and produces an abundant crop of usually stringless, succulent pods whether conditions are cool or hot and dry in our unpredictable summers. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.35.


Broad bean Eleonora is offered as organic seed. These beans, often five per pod, are both juicy and very tasty, and are recommended by all staff who have taken home pods grown on our Newmarket trial ground. Fast growing and not too tall, Eleonora is a good choice for windy sites. A packet of 45 seeds cost £3.35. Reintroduced dwarf bean Coco Noir Starazagorski can be eaten young as sliced green beans or left to mature and the black beans shelled as haricots. Ten seeds cost £3.35.

Celebrate beansThree other new and exclusive beans are offered both via mail order and from retail stockists of Mr Fothergill’s throughout the UK. Exclusive runner bean Guinness Record could be well-named. This exhibition-quality runner bean produces large crops of very long, smooth, tasty, slender pods up to 45cm (18in) from July to October. The vigorous, red-flowered plants are resistant to all bean viruses. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.25.


Runner Bean Snowdrift is a white-flowered variety specially bred to yield large crops of succulent beans. White-flowered beans are often less prone to bird attack than scarlet-flowered ones. Pods set reliably in cold or hot and dry conditions, helping to ensure a good harvest. A packet of 40 seeds of Snowdrift costs £3.25. Also exclusively from Mr Fothergill’s comes pencil-podded climbing bean Python. Its uniform, succulent pods, up to 15cm (6in) long, are produced abundantly through a long summer cropping season and into autumn. A packet of 50 seeds costs £3.25.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue please visit the Mr Fothergills site.

Ben’s Guinness Record bean is longest amid sabotage claim at Mr Fothergill’s

October 12th, 2016 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Guinness Record beanGuinness Record beanWhat began as a light-hearted staff competition to grow the longest runner bean at a Suffolk seed company, eventually won by Ben Roden with a pod measuring 47.2cm, took a nasty turn when pods with winning potential were mysteriously taken, snapped in half and discovered in a nearby bramble thicket. The staff at Mr Fothergill’s were invited to enter a competition to see who could grow the longest pod of its new and exclusive runner bean Guinness Record, heralding 2017 being nominated throughout Europe as the ‘Year of the Bean’.

There was great interest when the competition was announced, and 11 entrants were chosen at random. Each was given five plants and a ‘wigwam’ of bamboo canes up which to grow them on the company’s Kentford, Newmarket, trial ground. From then on it was up to each entrant how they fed, watered and cared for their plants.

By early September the general length of growers’ pods was encouraging, with some already reaching 42-45cm. Matters turned sour, however, when one Monday afternoon some of the most promising pods were discovered snapped in half and discarded in brambles bordering the trial ground.

Investigations ensued, precautions were taken for the rest of the growing season, and while there was no more villainy, the perpetrator remains unknown and at large. When the pods were measured on 30 September 2016, Ben’s 47.2cm pod of Guinness Record beat a 46.5cm specimen grown by Colin Phillips into second place. Pim Dickson gained third place with a pod of 45cm.

Runner bean Guinness Record consistently produces very long, exhibition-quality pods on vigorous, red-flowered plants which are resistant to all bean viruses. It is available only from Mr Fothergill’s for the 2017 season. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.25, available from garden centres and other retail stockists, and from its mail order catalogue.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue, please visit the Mr Fothergills site.