So pretty, seeds for next years crops.. some did great in the drought, fresh green beans to eat, bigger green beans for putting up and then bigger beans that were not dry but perfect for drying and then the dried on the vine (with finishing in the house as its damp out there) but if the pod was dry enough to “crack: it open, after checks it went into my seed pile.
The thing I found interesting was the plate not only shows the difference in what did well in the drought but pre…tty much showed how those four heritage beans did in each of their lines present wise.
The Annie Jackson
This beautiful bean was discovered in Russia by Annie Jackson. She brought some beans back to Southern Manitoba and her son has been preserving them ever since. A vigorous pole bean that produces beautiful oval seed that is half burgundy and half white. A very good baking bean that is also very early. Thanks very much to Stephen Jackson for giving me seed for this excellent variety.
Lived up to its name, early, crazy awesome pole bean that has earned a spot in the teepee next year! it was a mid-summer planting and it produced and is still in flower, small fresh beans and more!
The wimp of the year..
A very historic bean that helped sustain the Lewis & Clark expedition through the winter of 1805 at Fort Mandan! Lewis obtained seeds from the Arikara Indians and brought seeds to Thomas Jefferson and in 1809 Jefferson planted the Arikara bean at Monticello. Bernard McMahon also offered it in his 1815 catalogue. The pods can be harvested very young as snaps but this bean is best used in the dry state for soups, stews or baking. Oscar H. Will carried the Arikara bean in his catalogue in the early 1900s. Productive, very early and an excellent baker
Very sad indeed, I got back less seed then I planted! Yikes, you get one more try and then you are done! I will buy more seed and try it again in a different plot and set up and see if it can do better.. Anyone grown this one in the valley and done well with it?
In the running for the best of the year is this rare beauty!
(a.k.a. Chester, Skunk Bean) A rare bean that originated with the Iroquois Indians. Gail Flagg of Fort Kent, Maine said that this bean had been grown in Chester, Vermont for many years. An excellent bean that is one of my favorites. The seed is flat and lima bean shaped with black and white streaks, some seed has reverse markings with the occasional black seed. The dry beans also cook quickly and can be used in soup and stews. Very productive and adapted to short season climates. EXTREMELY RARE
I agree, with all the above, it was plant after pea’s pulled on the second week of july and its produced outstanding, excellent, average of 8 per pod, one of the best easy shelling of all the ones done this year, and just a all round hardy bean. BIG BEAN!
As always no matter the year, the Dragon Tounge held its own.. more updates to come as I get to other bean areas yet..
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