YUMMY! Makes me want to start a pot of bean soup myself. :)
Well, cool! I grew some of those beans -- first dry beans ever -- and really wasn't sure what I was going to do with them!
Good to see the write ups on the different kinds of beans in the link...the jacob's cattle beans have been calling to me - but I am not sure about our wet wet wet season in coastal oregon.Scarlet runner beans dry great - and are great when small for green beans - and I love the red flowers! Yep - probably more time efficient to just buy dry beans - but nice to grow some also for the fun of it :)Thanks!Marci357
Makes me want to whip up some cornbread and and grab a bowl. :) This next garden season will be our first growing beans for drying. I already have red kidney beans but was considering the Jacob's cattle bean. I think I may look into that Calypso bean. We do love our beans. Your post has me even more excited for the 2011 garden and we are just at the end of the 2010!
I"m growing the "painted Pony" variety right now, but I'm not sure they will actually be ready to harvest before the frosts come. I need beans that harvest in 90 days or less and most of the dried varieties take longer to grow.
Dunappy, if the beans on your plants are mature enough when the freeze is coming, pull the plants out root and all before they freeze and let them finish drying in a place where they won't freeze (garage, shed, etc. depending on how cold it is getting). You can put them in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp or whatever and pull them back into the sunshine on nice days or hang all the plants up and forget about them until the pods are dry. That way you can get a slightly longer season bean and still have it mature and dry. :)
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