- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
By this time they are not your children, more like great, great, great, times 547, great grandchildren! LOL
well they are Robert Lobitz and his cohorts and people before them who got them to me via Russ. i have only grown them for three years now and as i keep working with them it's been good to see what's happened.
when i have a new cross show up, then that is one of my children but i also consider it a child of nature since the bees and plants are the ones doing the toughest part. i'm just observing and selecting results and then sending them off to others who would like them.
i also have to note that those box flats above that are full of beans came from the original beans Russ sent me three years ago. i've kept the other samples he sent me separate so i don't get them all confused. the first year they did well and i loved the purple flowers and the habit of the plant. i didn't eat too many fresh beans from those plants because i wanted the most seeds i could get for further growing the next season.
i had a good harvest and i could work forwards much more easily now having more seeds.
when i planted those the 2nd season plants we had enough for fresh eating, enough for me to harvest the seeds and give away about 30 samples, plus plenty left over to replant for this past spring (several thousand plants not counting the reserve seeds i have set aside Just In Case).
so the above seed are from the third year's growth and not counting of course all the ones we ate fresh and as shellies and dry beans. i still have a pound or two (from 2019) in a container on a shelf that will get some selected out and the rest cooked.