I found a packet of Haricot Vert seeds in my recently delivered seed order.
I looked at that packet and had no idea what those seeds were for. I was convinced the seed company had made a mistake or that the garden fairies had indeed tricked me into ordering some seeds for them.
Honestly I thought ‘what are these seeds for?’ And then I remembered that ‘vert’ is French for green and deduced that ‘haricot’ must be French for beans. Oh, green beans! Yes, French green beans.
Then I remembered. I had decided to try a new variety of green beans and went to the “international seed” section of the Pinetree Garden Seeds website and found this French variety called ‘Maxibel’. I had momentarily forgotten about ordering them (my first senior moment?) and had no idea they would be labeled Haricot Vert instead of green beans.
Now that I know what they are, I think they sound very good and very continental. They’ll add a little sophistication to my Hoosier vegetable garden. Maybe I’ll go all out and plant some courgettes to make it a really fancy garden, I mean ‘potager’?
I’m also planting my tried and true variety of green beans, ‘Provider’. I love these beans. If it’s a good year and I can keep the rabbits and Mexican bean beetles away from my garden, I’m in for a treat. And this year, I will plant green beans every two weeks so that I don’t end up with all my green beans ready to eat at once.
Are there any other green bean varieties I should try?