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  1. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I feeling a lot better than I did the day after surgery. I'm walking a lot more without a walker in the house. I haven't really had a lot of pain which I didn't expect. I thought this would be a much tougher ordeal. My appetite is not fully what is what before surgery but that will probably take...
  2. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    No I haven't planted any beans yet. So I might as well let the cat out of the bag so you can see him in full living color. My beans (41 varieties of pole types) will be planted in Stanwood, Iowa probably on May 25th. I have 6 lima varieties will be grown in Albion, Inidana probably soon. I will...
  3. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I have found that even in unprotected gardens of beans that if i can get beans to about the 4 week, one month of age. The rabbits don't seem interested anymore. Perhaps they become tougher or the flavor changes in the plants. The only problem in an unprotected bean garden then becomes deer food.
  4. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I would imagine by the time you plant your pole beans that were prestarted in some kind of container. They will already have started growing runners. I know mine did when I prestarted some limas this way. The limas were nearly three weeks old that were started in potting mix. At this point they...
  5. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Wow @heirloomgal, More gardening room for beans and whatever else you want to grow. More sun and air circulation. Your seed farm grows, and it's all on your own property at your fingertips. Nice !
  6. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Recently I had some contact with a Ukrainian grower who purchased beans from me back in late 2021. I have seen a couple of their lima photos lately and there were two that grabbed by attention. One called Butterfly which is a large white lima with these small dark sparsely placed speckles at one...
  7. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Two years ago I sent sevral white pole beans to my bean farmer aquaintence in Twin Falls, Idaho. His company is called Gentec. He just now sent back his return on those beans. One of the beans Soissons Large White produced a black and white bean and I was amazed how much the off type looked like...
  8. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    It sure doesn't look like we are even close to any kind of plantable weather here this morning. I bet we have at least two inches of snow on the ground. Streets and driveways are all melted. I just looks like winter today. Yuk !
  9. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    This set of beans I did the first germination test in 2018. Then I did this same set in 2019, 2020, and 2021. I have gone three years now since I tested them. I wanted to see what might be the oldest age I could get germination out any of these beans. My average germination test size in 15 to 20...
  10. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I did a little germination project this past week. I have had about 17 bean varieties I've been keeping in baby food jars on a shelf in my cool basement since 2012. This seed has never been kept in a freezer. I do a germination test on them every few years to see how they are doing. The results...
  11. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I did a little germination project this past week. I have had about 17 bean varieties I've been keeping in baby food jars on a shelf in my cool basement since 2012. This seed has never been kept in a freezer. I do a germination test on them every few years to see how they are doing. The results...
  12. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    This fellow is Gabriel Hess. He lives in Oeschenbach, Switzerland. You found another of my European contacts. Gabriel and I trade beans from time to time. He is from who I got Karoffelbohne from. Gabriel also trades and acquires beans from Guy Dirix in Belgium. I bet you were surpised to see...
  13. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Oh yes you will get orders like that again. It reminds me of one of the Carpenter's songs, but I will say it like this. "You've Only Just Begun". More people are going to find your website and some may even tell you they want them all. You will get a lot of smaller and medium sized orders but...
  14. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I visited this friend in Standwood Iowa this summer for the first time. I wanted to see his gardens. I was amazed at how he grows his beans. He doesn't grow any bush beans and no limas. All pole P. Vulgaris. He has his bean plot behind chain link fencing. I think he put up the fencing himself...
  15. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    So I would say this year our weather here is starting out dry. Back in the 1980's I noticed our weather here was in regards to rainfall swinging back and forth from feast or famine. Since our extremely dry summer of 2012 I've noticed that we get longer stretches of dryness in the summer. The...
  16. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    These three beans were given to me by an SSE member last September. He is from Stanwood, Iowa and occassionally drives his wife to O'hare internationl airport for trips she might take from time to time. He stopped by my house on his way back home. While he was here he gave me some of his over...
  17. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I don't remember if anyone remembers me talking about a network package from the Netherlands in late November. Well it finally arrived two days ago and it did go through the USDA inspection station in New Jersey. The grower had found that it came back to them because the mailing address had been...
  18. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    @Artorius, You sent me Murusieddu Rossa I think. Is the one you sent the same bean and I have the spelling wrong? I have Rossa instead of Rosso. Is there a difference. Anyway such beauttful photos and beans. Love to look at your photos a lot.
  19. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    I'm up to probably over 1,200 and I've grown beans for so long I can't lust anymore. Also I can't no to another bean either. @Artorius you grow such gorgeous beans. You should be proud.
  20. Blue-Jay

    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    @heirloomgal, When you see all the the Lambada pods begin to mature their seed. Your grow out will be a blaze of red. You will love it. Take photos. This photo is from my 2016 grow out of Lambada. August 16, 2016.
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