Once again this year’s feature crop was dried beans. Specifically dried pole beans (as I get more crop by growing vertically in my small garden).
This is the line of 9 pole teepees with 9 varieties of beans.
While last time I went for dried pole beans of LARGE bean size. (I’ve found them much easier to harvest than small beans.) This year just went with dried pole beans regardless of bean size. Of the 9 varieties planted, 6 where new to me. The new ones are:
1. SULTAN’S GOLDEN CRESCENT, A speckled cranberry red kidney shaped bean. Vigorous healthy vines, crescent shaped golden pods.
yield = 28 oz.
2. COWPEA – ITALIAN BLACK, Small pea sized flat black bean. Mid length vines, very long thin pods.
yield = 23 oz.
3. TURKEY CRAW, Small tan to white shaded bean. Early yielding long vines, with large wavy golden pods.
yield = 34 oz.
4. MAYFLOWER, Cranberry red to white shaded small bean. Mid-length early yielding vines, tightly packed pods
yield = 32 oz.
5. GOLD OF BACAU, Various shades of tan to grey long beans. Very vigorous long vines, with long golden pods.
yield = 31 oz.
6. CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS, Small shinny black kidney shaped beans. Very long loose vines, with long red pods.
yield = 24 oz.
All these beans started with the planting of 16 beans each. So I consider all of them to be yielding successfully. Although some where much harder to harvest.
The Sultan’s Golden Crescent and Turkey Craw where difficult to extract from their pods. Very hard, tough pods that did not easily give up their beans.
The other beans where varieties that I have planted before and will again. They are large beans, easy to shell and great for cooking.
Christmas Lima Beans.
Red Ladies. (A favorite for the humming birds also.)
and Pink Lady. (another favorite of my humming birds.)
I encourage you all to plant dry beans. I like climbing better for space utilization and ease of picking. These all have worked very well for cooking. Used for baked beans, bean soups or hummus, they all are great tasting and good for you.