I purchased USDA organic seed from Seed Savers exchange in 2016 for 2017. This was my first experience growing soybean. Zero pests, zero issues, shorter growing season than most of my beans which meant I was puling dry pods while I was harvesting fresh snap beans. The pods contained 2 beans, were very small but fuzzy and pretty and took up very little garden space. I ate a few fresh and they were pretty good, I’d have liked them steamed. I saved all of the dried seeds—tiny brown circles—for next year. I’m growing a few different varieties of soybeans for 2018.
I purchased organic seeds from Adaptive in 2015 for the 2016 year. They germinated well in cooler soil and tolerated a drier soil and full sun. I have never had any problems with grubs wanting my beans, but boy oh boy did they decimate these! You can see the tiny hole in each pod where they crawled in, got fat off the beans and crawled back out to the next pod. When I harvested these I immediately snapped them open (harvested most dry, some green) and there were many caterpillars. I have no idea what kind, I just threw them to the birds. A friend in India told me, after my harvest, that the green pods are sold as a street food and are oftentimes popped open with a worm inside. J Anyway, they did quite well, growing them was an experiment in my area, as I’ve never seen anyone grow them here. I only ate a few fresh green ones and saved the dried black beans for seed. They were very good.
this green bean was hands down the best tasting fresh green bean I have ever eaten in my life. I’ve eaten a lot of beans. I love beans. And this one is a keeper. Bush habitat, I grew it by my parsnips and onions as a last minute space filler in the border of my allotment. It has a fast maturity, so you’re harvesting these green beans before the pole beans. very productive, with pretty white seeds and pretty white flowers. I’m growing probably triple the amount next year that I grew this year, if that says anything about how wonderful this bean is. USDA organic seeds purchased from seed savers exchange in 2016 for 2017.
more information on this stunning dry bean coming soon!
lazy wife bean
lazy wife was just a huge and sprawling pole bean, with pretty white beans inside. Despite the description on seed savers exchange, I found them to be not so tasty fresh but were darn good pickled! There were so many beans on these, I ended up with a dozen jars of pickled green beans in 2017. Seeds purchased from seed savers exchange in 2015 for 2016 and is a heritage variety.
more on the many varieties of runner beans i have grown coming soon!
more on this beautiful bean coming soon!
green arrow shell pea
peas are essential in the kitchen garden! Green arrow is our go-to, they’re prolific and delicious and I like to put the kids to work shelling them. Seeds are saved from the fattest peas and dried for the next year. I’ve been saving my seeds for 4 years no, not having to buy any. I can share mine with you if you reach out!
I just call these yellow wax beans for the sake of my husband’s sanity. They’re yummy, easy to eat and cook as well as grow and the kids liked these since they’re yellow. It’s easier to get a kid to eat a yellow bean than it is a green bean. Bush habitat, stringless, one of the first beans you’ll harvest early summer. Seeds gifted to me from a gardener friend in 2014 for 2015. She had purchased her seeds from seed savers exchange and is a historic variety.
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