Beans should be planted when the soil is warm in the spring. Bush beans should be planted about 2″ deep, about 4″ apart in rows. Pole beans need the support of a trellis at least 6′ high. It can be a fence, strings, a net, pole tipis or welded cattle panels tied to steel T posts 8′ apart in the row. If using a pole, plant 4-6 beans around the leg of each pole. On a trellis? About every 4″ down the row. When using the beans as snap beans, be sure you harvest as soon as the first beans are plump but before the seed bulges the pods.
BEANS about 1 1/2 oz per pack unless otherwise noted All packs are $2.50 ea
Seed saving tips: Best planted dozens of feet apart to prevent crossing varieties. Pole beans seem easier to cross than do bush beans. Allow your beans to dry in the pod until the pods are tan and dry or at least leathery. Shell the mature, dry seeds out into a shallow bowl and allow to dry well, stirring the seeds daily to ensure they all dry sufficiently for storage.
Appaloosa is a great smaller bush bean from New England, given to settlers by Native tribes in the area. It cooks down tender and smooth in shorter time than many beans. The color is pretty, being a white bean with one end splashed with a combination of browns, maroon and black, looking like the rump of an Appaloosa horse. You’ll love this one! 80 days dry
Black Manitoba This is our gardening friend, Dara’s, favorite dry bean and she grows lots. This bush bean is hugely productive and much earlier than its look-alike Black Turtle. These round, shiny black beans are stunning! Great in any recipe you’d like to add black beans as they are very sweet and tasty. 90 days to dry and you can also eat as snaps earlier. Limited supply
Calypso or Orca
Calypso aka Orca Here’s a knock-your-socks-off pretty black and white dry bush bean. It’s fat and shiny, very productive and great in soups or baked recipes. Very flavorful when cooked up! I know you’ll like it too! 85 days to dry.
Cherokee Trail of Tears With our family’s Native American heritage, we love old, traditional crops and this multi-purpose pole bean is no exception. Carried on the tragic forced march to Oklahoma where many Cherokee died along the way, women carried this beloved bean, sewn to the hems of their dresses. It is a wonderful purple tinged snap bean with very distinctive sweet, beany flavor. Then as it matures, it dries down to a shining black bean that is great in any recipe. One of my favorites. 70 day green snap 90 days dry
Dragon Tongue If you want a big, tender, juicy flat, meaty bush bean, this is the one for you! Dragon Tongue is a yellow bean with purple stripes (they fade away when blanched, cooked or canned). The taste is great and they are very productive. 60 days
Dapple Gray Do you love pretty beans? Dapple Gray is just that, being an unusual grey/tan and white spotted dry bean that is quite productive. This is a tasty bush bean you’ll just love. We have a limited supply this year. 90 days to dry 1 oz packet
Folsom Indian Ruin Runner Bean
Folsom Indian Ruin Want the biggest beans in the neighborhood? You can’t go wrong with these ancient pole beans from New Mexico. I was gifted a few of these huge, fat white beans by a Folsom, NM rancher who’d found a pot full of them, buried in the sand next to an ancient Indian ruin in his cattle pasture. They carbon dated over 1,500 years and when planted, they actually grew! These runner beans are hugely productive and the white blossoms attract pollinators all summer. The taste of the cooked beans is average but we just love them and their history. 1oo days to dry Limited supply. 1 oz packet
Gold Marie Vining
Gold Marie Vining We love this bright yellow Romano-type pole bean! The beans are long, tender and very flavorful. Like all beans you wish to eat as a snap bean, be sure to harvest them while the seeds are still quite small; when they become fat, the pod tends to get tougher. Some of my pods were over a foot long this year while still very tender and sweet. 60 days
Good Mother Stallard
Good Mother Stallard Want a pretty dry bean that tastes great and is very productive? This is the bean for you! A wonderful pole bean which was originally introduced by Glenn Drowns of Sandhills Preservation Center, you’ll find early drying, shiny round beans no matter where you live. About 85 days to dry.
Hidatsa Shield Figure This shining white w/ brown and black designs bean came from the Hidatsa Indians of the Missouri River area in North Dakota. You can read about them in a favorite book of mine, Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden. It is a very productive pole bean with wonderful flavor. 90 days to dry. 50 seeds per pack.
Iroquois This is one of my all time favorite beans! Not only is it super tasting, both as a snap bean and a dry bean, it is a hugely prolific pole bean, hardy AND beautiful, being striped and spotted black and white. In fact, the Iroquois name means “skunk” bean! So beautiful you could wear them as beads. 60 days snap/90 days dry
Jacob’s Cattle Bean
Jacob’s Cattle Bean aka Anasazi, not to be confused with New Mexico Cave bean which has a similar appearance of reddish brown and white spots. Jacob’s Cattle is a bush bean where New Mexico Cave is a pole bean. But this bean is not only beautiful but extremely useful and tasty especially as a baked bean or soup bean, earning it great praise in New England. 85 day to dry
Kentucky Blue Bloom We were gifted this Kentucky heirloom bush bean last year and grew out a few rows this year to try them. And boy were they productive! They covered the bushes with nice fat green beans and went on to make lots of great speckled red, purple and white bean seed. The seeds are fairly slender and refined. Limited supply 50 seeds per packet
Mesabi This gorgeous early dry bean was bred by our friend Dara and is a stabilized cross between King of the Early and Indian Woman Yellow. It’s a hardy bush to semi-runner bean that benefits from a bit of trellising to hold the tall, loaded plants from being blown over by the wind. Hugely productive, very tasty and early to dry down. We just love them! 80 days to dry.
Monte Gusto Want an absolutely gorgeous yellow wax pole bean? How about these wonderful, slender, very long beauties? Pods are over 8″ long and pencil thin for weeks. And they’re both very tasty and hugely productive too. We just were knocked out of our socks with these new beans this year! 60 days to snap beans
Provider This is our all-time favorite green snap bush bean. As it’s name indicates, Provider really puts out the beans all summer long! I plant them in double rows about a foot apart and the plants support each other. Provider’s taste is excellent and every summer I can up all we want and save seed too! 55 days Pack contains about 2 oz.
Scarlet Runner I’ve grown Scarlet Runner pole beans for years. Not only are the lusty, tall vines covered with red flowers which bees and other pollinators love but the bean pods really impress kids and adults alike, being over 8″ long and fat too. And the seeds! They are stunning lavender and black spotted and can pass for beads.
Turkey Craw This is a very old southern pole bean. The story goes the original beans dropped out of the crop of a wild turkey being dressed to eat. You can use these stringless pods while the bean is young for snap beans or let them dry for wonderful dry beans. 60 days to snap/ 90 days dry. 50 seeds per pack
Yellow Indian Woman For a dry bean, you can’t beat Indian Woman Yellow, an old Native American bean from the West. It is a smallish round bean that is quick to cook. It has excellent bean taste and is very hardy. The history is vague. It’s thought to be either a dry bean brought to Montana by Swedish immigrants and then shared with Native Peoples or else an old Native bean shared with the Swedish immigrants. Either way, it’s a great bean for homesteaders. It is a bush to half-runner bean. 85 days to dry.