But since those lovely few pods they seem to have ground to a halt. There are lots of pods on the lush plants, but the beans are smaller and not yet speckled.
Will they grow any more or shall I just harvest them now? If so Do I cook them in the same way or perhaps a bit less as they are less advanced? Or would it be best to dry them?
You can use them in this un-coloured state though they will clour up if left a bit longer - they are known as shelly beans. Shell them out and cook them like this - they don't take as long as they do when dried and re-hydrated. I also freeze them as shellies too.
You can finish drying beans on newspaper indoors - I usually have to - but the longer you can leave them on the plant the better. Generally with a borlotti type the pods are very red. When they start to go darker and a bit leathery they have finished growing and at this stage you might as well dry them off indoors. Worst case is that they start to sprout because of the rain!
When storing any dried bean for culinary use make sure you freeze them and then re-dry them if you don't you'll end up with a jar crawling with dried bean beetles - not so much of a problem with beans kept for sowing but not too nice if you intend to eat them. Freezing kills the pest before it develops.