Beans, peas, and squash

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Broad beans

Dwarf varieties are ideal for containers, but taller plants will need staking. Pick as a mini vegetable when pods are 1%-i^in (3-4cm) long. Grow seeds in fall for an early spring crop.

Care: Harvest and eat when young and sweet. Picking encourages more pods.

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Borlotti beans

Pods are green at first, then mottled purple, red, and cream. Eat as whole pods when green; eat as beans when either half ripe or mature and dried. Climbing and dwarf varieties available.

Care: Sow outdoors or put out when frost has passed. Need good, rich soil.

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Climbing beans

Climbing green and runner beans have attractive flowers and are easy to grow up a tepee of poles. Beans can be green, yellow, or purple, and dwarf varieties of all beans are available.

Care: Sow outdoors or put out when frost has passed. Need good, rich soil.

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Zucchini

Can be various shades of green, striped, or yellow, and either traditionally shaped, round, or curved. Easy to grow, but needs space. Best picked when young. The flowers can also be eaten.

Care: Water well when flowering. Do not let the soil dry out. Feed regularly.

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Peas

Decorative and very tasty, with pretty flowers as well. The whole pod is eaten for snow pea and sugar snap pea varieties. The growing tips and shoots can also be eaten and used in salads.

Care: Harvest and eat when young and sweet. Picking encourages more pods.

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Pumpkin and squash

An impressive range of sizes, colors, and textures. Trailing varieties need space, but can be grown up archways and trellises if fruit are not too heavy.

Care: Remove leaves to help fruit ripen. For large specimens, remove all except one or two fruits from plant.

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