Remember, one of the reasons I had attended this seed swap was because I was interested in beans that would be good dried, but by the time I walked out of there, besides having been able to talk about growing things with the many awesome gardener friends I made there, those with seeds to share had not only loaded me up with their great stories, but loaded my bag up with seeds too.
- Beka Brown Bush (from Krista's Bean Project* garden)
- Blue Lake Pole (from Krista's Bean Project* garden)
- Molasses Face Bush - Dry (from Krista's Bean Project* garden)
- Black Turtle (from Krista's Bean Project* garden)
- Ely Beans
- Imperial Scarlet Beans
- Painted Lady Beans
- Organic Bean Blend - Bush (a mix of Royalty Purple Pod, Golden Wax and Dragon Tongue)
Wow, looking over that list of beans, it did get a lot. Except for the Imperial Scarlet Beans that were so generously shared with me, in most cases, however, I received as few as only 6 to 8 beans in many of the other varities. Often splitting the contents of a small packet that had already been made up with another gardener so that we could both try them, it looks like some of us will have our own Bean Project* garden.
While I haven't yet sketched out where exactly in my gardens each of these wonderful varities of beans will be planted, I suspect the best way for me to plant most of them will be in hills rather than rows. It's certainly a wonderful assortment of beans, and they all seem most appropriate to be included in my participation with the Growing Challenge, EXTREME Evangelistic Edition this year.
With the goal of saving seeds from each again for next year, I feel the need to first do a little research in not only how to grow each of these varieties, but more specifically in how close, or far, from each other they need to be planted so that I don't end up with a bunch of cross-pollinated beans at the end of this season.
- Iron Leaf Spinach
- America Spinach
- Dill - Bouquet
- Parsley - Moss Curled
- Atomic Red
- Gourmet Carrot Blend - Red, Purple, White, Yellow and Orange
- Cherry Belle
- Pink Beauty
- Champion Collards
- Organic Dark Green Zucchini
- Jester Marigolds
- Crocosmia Lucifer - bulbs, some with tender shoots