Chillin' In The Garden
- Oct 24, 2020
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- West Central Indiana
Thanks for sharing that. I've been aiming for more cold resistant, shorter season crops. Didn't look at all of those, but purple dove seems to be speedy in that regard.it is possible in a blend that you will get variations due to the recessive genes mixing and some colors/patterns may not return until those combinations happen again. also for me here some beans change based upon soil chemistry/where they are planted and what the weather is like. i don't have any experience with tepary beans, but i have read about them.
as for which beans do well here, i'm constantly trying to breed or find more that work in our gardens, we have a mix of soils with only a few gardens being sandy or loamy and most of the rest being more of the subsoil clay that has been amended through the years. here's a few that i grow quite often, but there are many others i wish i had room for each year.
- Top Notch wax bean (fresh eating).
- Red Ryder, a small red kidney bean (dry beans).
- Fordhook Lima beans (shellies and dry beans).
- Purple Dove (for fresh eating, shellies and as a dry bean).
- Huey (my own cross for a firm chili dry bean).
i have a lot of crosses and other beans that i'm evaluating all the time, plus a bunch of other beans that i've grown but they've not made it yet into the bulk bean rotation. not enough space to grow out hundreds of beans each season. if i can get crosses of Purple Dove with any of the lesser performing beans i'd be happy (Dapple Grey and Yellow Eye are two i'd love to improve).
nothing i have grown on the fence has been reliable enough to keep growing, either they are not finishing early enough or they have issues and i don't want those genes mixing with the other beans. we don't have enough fence space anyways to make them a priority for me.
Tasted my first batch of tepary beans this evening. Took a long time to cook. Had with 'ham' and very earthy in flavor.