More Beans

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).

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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.

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2. COWPEA – ITALIAN BLACK,   Small pea sized flat black bean.  Mid length vines, very long thin pods.

yield = 23 oz.

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3. TURKEY CRAW,   Small tan to white shaded bean.   Early yielding long vines, with large wavy golden pods.

yield = 34 oz.

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4. MAYFLOWER, Cranberry red to white shaded small bean.  Mid-length early yielding vines, tightly packed pods

yield = 32 oz.

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5. GOLD OF BACAU,  Various shades of tan to grey long beans.  Very vigorous long vines, with long golden pods.

yield = 31 oz.

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6.  CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS,  Small shinny black kidney shaped beans.  Very long loose vines, with long red pods.

yield = 24 oz.

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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.   

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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.

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Red Ladies.  (A favorite for the humming birds also.)

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and Pink Lady. (another favorite of my humming birds.)

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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.

Dried Pole Beans

It has been a long time since I finished my harvest of dried beans.   They have all been shelled, sorted, and weighed.

All the pole beans are planted under tripods and trained to climb on twine.  Each planting consisted of 9 beans, planted 3 on a side.

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In addition to the pole beans I have planted other years, this year I added 6 new varieties.   They where selected based on their bean size.  (It is easier to shell large beans.) 

Here is their yield and some basic characteristics.

  • True Red Cranberry = 1 lb, 10 oz
    Similar to kidney bean flavor
    from the Abnaki Indians of Maine

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  • Good Morning Stallard = 2 lbs.
    Sweeter meaty flavor, great for soups

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  • Speckled Cranberry = 10 oz.
    From England, a triple purpose bean,
    (snap bean, green shell, dried bean).

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  • Hidatsa Shield Figure = 2 lbs. 3 oz.
    From the Hidatsa tribe of North Dakota.

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  • Brockton Horticulture = 1 lb., 14 oz.
    Took longer to cook,
    nutty flavor, from Brockton, Massachusetts.

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  • Sunset Runner Beans = 2 lb., 5 oz.
    Smooth inner meat, chewy skin.

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All total I harvested over 13 pounds of dried beans to be used in soups and other recipes.    For storage they where sealed in vacuum bags.

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While separating some of the beans to be used next year for planting I discovered that the beans I harvested are not the same shade as the beans I planted. 

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In this picture of 2 varieties, the beans on the left of each group are the beans that I planted.  The beans on the right of each group are the beans I harvested.    For some reason they have lost their dark tan coloring.  Next year I will plant some of the original beans and some of my harvested beans.  It will be interesting to see what I get.   Is the change because of my growing conditions or have my beans cross pollinated and changed.

 

The seeds I planted came from http://www.seedsavers.org/ .

Beans, Beans.

Garden update.   Each year I try and plant something different.  Last year I planted a half dozen different carrot varieties.   Thus I had carrot soup filling the freezer.  The year before it was Garden Huckleberries.   (One year of those was enough.)  And one year I planted grain substitutes; flax, amaranth, timothy, sorghum, millet, etc.  And while I like to try new tomatoes each year they just are unusual enough.

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This year the garden theme is dried beans.   More specifically climbing dried beans.  Other years I have planted Pink Lady, Red Lady, and Christmas Lima Beans.  But this year, in addition to those three, I have also planted:

Good Mother Stallard

Hidatsa Shield Figure

Brockton Horticulture

Speckled Cranberry

True Red Cranberry

and

Sunset Runner Beans

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And while they are all growing very well, the Pink Lady and Red Lady are still the hummingbirds favorites.

I selected these particular climbing beans because of the beans size.  Bigger is easier to shuck come fall.  Some also can be eaten as green beans, but I intend to use them solely for dried bean  production.

Harvest time will tell if I chose well or not.  More pictures then.