One of my goals next year is to plant more beans. I love me some beans. I usually just eat them fresh or freeze them up. (I never was into the taste/texture of canned beans...go figure.)
On a whim, I planted some Lima Beans in July. I've never grown Lima's before so I've been watching them with interest. Only about half germinated in the mid summer heat but they did seem to withstand the bugs better than the green and yellow bush beans. They put out some pods, not a ton, but a respectable amount. Each pod only had about 2-3 beans in them though.
OhioFarmGirl had written a post about Horticulture Beans and I think I'm going to add them to the "Bean Fest" I'm hoping to have here next year. OhioFarmGirl was extolling the virtues of her dried beans and I thought that since the Lima beans were already starting to dry, I'd let them go all the way.
I went out last night and eyeballed the plants. They're still hang in there. (Yes, we're back in the 90's) The plants themselves are still green and appear to want to put out more flowers and pods. In fact, many of the pods are still green. But the ones that were dry were already splitting and "popping" the beans out at the slightest touch.
I went ahead and gathered them up. It was kinda fun. You could easily see the pods since they were brown but all you had to do was shake the plant to make sure you didn't miss any. The beans rattle in the pods.
So this is what I got.
Hmmm. I can buy a bag of beans for a buck at the store. If I'm going to do dried beans, it looks like I'm going to need A LOT of of plants. It looks like the Horticulture Beans give you more beans per pod. Maybe I won't be doing Lima's next year.
What beans produce best for you?