The Beans I grew this year
The growing season is winding down there are only three varieties still plugging along in the garden, Blue Greasy Grit, Barksdale and the Gigandes. I gathered a handful of dried Barksdale seed yesterday with more on the way. This has been a stellar bean for me this year, what do they say 3rd year's a charm? This has to be my favorite wax bean to date.
Blue Greasy Grit (8 Plants).... First year growing and planted late this one has really produced for me, the vines are still loaded with usable snaps, fingers crossed some will have enough time to mature into seed, if not I have enough seed for another season. (Note to self, Plant earlier).
Gigandes ( I think 20 plants).... Planted early enough, seemed to be a weak grower at first that is until they exploded into growth, it's a jungle out there. Mega flowering but the first flush all dropped except for one or two. Second flush, some beans formed then the heat hit at the wrong time and the rest of the flowers dropped. Third flush of flowers took, lots of beans formed with quite a few at the shelly stage now (so far at the shelly stage the beans are measuring just under 1 1/2 inches) I only have about a dozen dried seed picked so far hoping for a lot more. More interested in getting seed this year than eating them.
Now the others, again most were grown for seed.
Serbian Pole (5 plants)....I finally got my hands on 10 seeds, grew 5, they grew well and produced a fair amount of seed, the leaves on the lower part of the vines had some white markings, don't know if this is the nature of the beast, growing conditions (it was still pretty cool out) or something else. I started one more and grew it in the greenhouse, the leaves look good and the beans it produced are well on their way to seed.
Grandma's Yugoslavian (grew 4 plants)....A temporary name I gave them, got the seed from a member of our garden club. No other information other than someone's grandmother brought them over from Yugoslavia with her when she immigrated. These look suspiciously like the Serbian Poles I had so much trouble finding seed for both in freshly harvested seed and the beans themselves. Wouldn't it be something if I had Serbian Pole all along and didn't know it.
Uzice Speckled Wax (4 plants).... Grown just for seed they produced just under 1/2 lb. dried seed. The pods are really pretty when maturing pale yellow with purple along one edge. Haven't tasted these yet, next time.
Selma Zebra (grew 4 Plants).... didn't do so good with this one, the spot where I had them planted was a little too shady but managed to get a few seeds, this one looks suspiciously like the 'Swiss Landfrauen' I grew in both pod and seed. didn't have enough of either of these beans to taste.
Swiss landfrauen (4 plants).... Grown for seed in a half barrel, something ate two and the other two grew away from their poles and before long were playing cozy with a climbing rose, needless to say I've only picked a couple of pods for seed so far. Very similar to 'Selma Zebra' in both pod, seed and growth habit.
Cherokee Trail of Tears (main crop).... what can I say good old reliable, bumper crop, we ate the heck out of them, one of DH's favorites, produced lots of seed and there's more I just have to pick them.
Bosnian Pole (8 Plants).... Was growing them to eat until I looked at my seed stash, didn't realize I had given so many away. We might have only had them once for supper but I now have 14ozs. of dried seed to add to my stash. This is one of our favorite beans.
Irish Conners (8 plants).... This bean came from the Populuxe Seed Bank, I returned half the seed I harvested back to the bank. Another I grew for seed so we didn't eat any.
This is what I know about this bean....
Ken Conners was born in Ireland in 1898, his family immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1900, and then again moved to New Brunswick, Canada in 1907, They made their way out west and settled in the Vancouver B.C. area. The family is still around but in the interior of B.C. The seed color is a rich chestnut brown when fully dried, The plants are moderately large (6ft.), white flowers, pods are straight, 6-8inches long with 6-8 beans per pod, uses snap or dry. Not one for high heat, early producer. Dry in 70-80 days.
Turkey Craw (4 plants).... Grown for seed this year, want to try leather britches, it is said to be a good variety for this. These 4 plants produced quite a bit of seed.
Jeminez (4 Plants).... Grown for seed which are already picked, these were banished from the garden and grown on my neighbor's carport because of their promiscuous nature. I now have enough seed to grow for a couple of years without worrying about seed.
San Antonio (4 plants, something ate two :( ).... Grown for seed and will do so again next year. This bean originally came from the Heritage Seed Library in the UK. From what I've read it can be used as a snap when young but better as a shelly.
Kew Blue (4 plants).... Again grown for seed and to do a comparison with 'Purple Italian Marconi Stringless' They are definitely different beans. Haven't tasted this one yet, another year.
Purple Italian Marconi Stringless (8 plants).... Grown for seed but did manage to eat a few, delicious will grow again next year.
Wood Mountain Crazy beans (8 plants)..... Grown strictly for the seed, I've got to stop giving these away they are so tasty.
Black Jungle Butter Beans (4 plants).... grown in the greenhouse they produced enough beans for a couple of meals and enough seed for next year I'm hooked, they are delicious.
Chinese Red Noodle (4 Plants).... grown in the greenhouse a complete flop not even one flower :) We had a couple of feeds the first time I grew them, really enjoyed them but I don't think I'll be growing these again, use the space for BJBB's instead :)
The next 3 I just grew samples of, two potato beans Deseronto and Duanne Baptiste to compare pods and seed. Regal Salad to see if they tasted as good as they're supposed to raw, they do. I only have so much room.
Received a couple more varieties originally from the Heritage Seed Library in the UK which I hope to grow next year all going well.
Mustn't forget the 'Shiraz' snow peas.... we are now snacking on peas grown from seed harvested from the first planting, what can I say other than we love them, a tasty, crunchy and even sweeter this time around snow pea, pretty too.
How about you, how did your season go?????