- Jan 12, 2013
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- Woodstock, Illinois Zone 5
I've found Mrociumere really productive too. Sometimes shockingly so; in 2019 I harvest a truly enormous quantity (for my garden size anyway), it must have liked that years' conditions.I like Mrociumere too. It's a pretty bean and very productive to boot. Grow it in some good soil.
I have found Sugar Lace peas to be really challenging to succeed with. There's a handful of peas that seem to be such fickle germinators, this one and Sugar Ann too. I wonder if they have a narrow window of weather and temperatures they prefer, deviate beyond that and they just don't move.Some miscellaneous legumes from this year.
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"Mesa" shelling pea. An afila (leafless) pea, former Vermont Bean "pea of the year" in 2000, when I obtained it from them (and since dropped). Small, very sweet peas borne on 12-16" plants. Has masses of tendrils in place of leaves, so does well in wide rows, since the vines intertwine to support each other without support. My last two grow outs have been disappointing; this year, they were on the wet side of the rural garden, and just barely hung on... which concerns me, because I may have the last seed in circulation. Glad to at least have enough seed to preserve it, but I'm only treading water (almost literally this year) and can't seem to increase my stock enough to share it widely, or to actually eat some. I froze a lot of peas the first few years I grew it.
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"Yokomo Giant" snow pea. A new trial, obtained from SSE via their Yearbook listing. Tall 4-5' vines, purple flowers. Very large flat pods 4-5" long (and a few longer), needed to remove strings, but sweet & crunchy. The dry pods are over-sized, and shrink down slightly over the seeds. Those dry pods were exactly the color of the dry leaves, finding them among the vines was like playing 'where's Waldo'. It tolerated summer heat well, producing several harvests of pods & 1/2 pound of dry seed. Will definitely grow this again.
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"PI 359241" garbanzo. Obtained from Will Bonsall in 2006, who stated that he nicknamed it 'Clifford', for obvious reasons. This is a large, beautiful chickpea, and I wish I could explore its culinary qualities... but much like the Mesa peas above, I just can't get a good year from it. I've had just enough seed several times to replant, and to share it twice. The photo above is this year's entire harvest. I either need a cooler summer, or to grow it in partial shade - and to keep rodents from harvesting the seed before it dries.
It was a rough year here for peas & other cool-season legumes. June was abnormally warm, and very wet. Two other peas, the soup pea "Rimpaus Green Victoria" (which is 2009 seed, and nearing the end of its storage life) and snap pea "Sugar Lace", were complete failures. The grass pea "Cicerchia" was severely stunted; there were a few flowers, but all plants succumbed to the heat & waterlogged soil before pods could mature. As hard as it is for me to say 'no' to any legume, I won't try grass peas again.
I definitely have better luck in cooler springs and if I get peas in super early. My ol' reliable peas didn't even get to full size this year and I think it's because a) I was a week or so late getting them in and b) it got warm early and stayed that way. Not a great combo but I think the first was a bigger factor. My neighbor has great peas (as rated by the chipmunks) and he got his in waaaay early.I have found Sugar Lace peas to be really challenging to succeed with. There's a handful of peas that seem to be such fickle germinators, this one and Sugar Ann too. I wonder if they have a narrow window of weather and temperatures they prefer, deviate beyond that and they just don't move.
Bluejay77's Big Bean Show
Day 21- The Beans I Grew This Summer
Owl's Head - Half Runner Dry
This bean came to me as a surprise back in the early 1980's. A package in the mailbox from Will Bonsall contained this striking looking and interesting bean. A bean Will discovered and named from his gardens. I've grew this bean this past summer on 4 foot tall hog or handy panels. The plants never climbed much beyond the top of the wire. So almost seemed like a semi runner this season. It did quite well under difficult conditions.
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I definitely have better luck in cooler springs and if I get peas in super early. My ol' reliable peas didn't even get to full size this year and I think it's because a) I was a week or so late getting them in and b) it got warm early and stayed that way. Not a great combo but I think the first was a bigger factor. My neighbor has great peas (as rated by the chipmunks) and he got his in waaaay early.
Pawnee- Bush Dry
I also had Owl's Head this year. Some of the seeds have a strong black pattern, others have a weaker pattern and a brown ring around the eye. Just like in your photo. I wonder if these are off type seeds. I also noticed that the pods from which I shelled them were softer. The walls of the pods that contained the seeds with a distinct black pattern were thicker and stiffer. All the pods had time to dry on the plants.