This pink-blooming favourite has always been a favourite of the Bernese people for many reasons. It’s blooms decorate the garden and then give light yellow, strongly-curved pods, which give the namesake “posthörnli” in German. Their tenderness and flavour are high just as the yield. As an old, stringless variety, they give a pleasingly high yield with full harvest baskets for weeks on end. The word spreads quickly about such characteristics both locally and across international borders!
Sow from mid-May to the beginning of June at a distance of 60 cm. Place about 9 beans 2 cm deep in a circle pattern. As they say, “Beans must hear the bells ringing.” So do not sow them too deep. Stick a 2.5 m stake in the circle to give the beans a climbing trail for their tendrils. They respond well to ample compost. Gardener Tip: Soak seeds for 12 hours in lukewarm chamomile tea before sowing.