Category Archives: Seed Saving

BOK CHOY – WHITE STEM

Bok Choy - White Stem Heirloom (white mustard or pak choy)1

It is always fun to have a surprise in the garden and last year we had one when we decided to try an heirloom variety of Bok Choy called white stem from Botanical Interests. We were not sure how it would do here in our climate and soil and to our surprise it turned out to be one of our best early season crops.

The leaves were so beautiful and glossy and tasted wonderful !!

If you don’t know how to cook or eat┬ábok choy here is a youtube video from chef Jarod on how to prepare it.

This white stem variety is an heirloom so at the end of the season we were able to save the seeds.

The pictures here below are when the plants were bolting in our garden and going to seed, the seed pods were then dried and the seeds saved in small jars for this years season.

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A few weeks ago I planted a few of these seeds to see how they would do and they are growing fine so today April 19, 2015 we are going to get a row planted.

We will be updating this page and sharing pictures as they grow and what we harvest. So follow along !

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GREEN BEANS

In our 2014 garden, my wife and I decided that we would plant 6 varieties of green beans to see which one’s grew best here in our climate, tasted better and which ones would produced more yield to eat and more yield of seed for our seed bank.

All the plants grew very well but the one I would say gave us less yield over all was the Royal Burgundy.

all the bush beans produced first, while the Kentucky Wonder pole bean came in strong later in the season. I personally did not notice a difference in taste or texture, I guess I just enjoy eating so much that I just wasn’t paying much attention.

Here is a picture of our finished product of canned green beans and garlic from last year, we think they turned quite nice and have been really nice to eat through winter.

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Here below are pictures of the six varieties we planted and the seeds they produced at the end of the season.

 1 – Cherokee Wax – Bush Bean

1 - Cherokee Wax Bush (yellow) 1

2 – Harvester – Bush Bean

2 - Harvester Bush 2

3 – Blue Lake 274 – Bush Bean

3 - Blue Lake 274 Bush 3

4 – Kentucky Wonder – Pole Bean

4 - Kentucky Wonder Pole 4

5 – Contender – Bush Bean

5 - Contender Bush 5

6 – Royal Burgundy – Bush Bean

6 - Royal Burgundy Bush 6

Here are a few pictures of what the actual crop looked like as they grew and the heavy laden bushes full of beans.

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Once we harvested all that we were going to harvest for our food storage, we let the rest of the plant mature and dry out so that we could extract the precious seeds for our future gardens. Here is what the seed pods look like dry and and when you break them open out pops the precious seeds within.

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Here are the saved green bean seeds for upcoming gardens!

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