Last year in 2014 we planted 6 varieties of green beans with great success, we had a really wonderful harvest and were able to save lots of seeds.
This year 2015 we are focusing on pea’s, we have planted 4 varieties which include * Amish snap – * Champion of England – * Cascadia sugar snap – * Sugar snap. The Cascadia seeds we used this year were from our crop last year and the other three remaining will be new to our garden mix.
We have four trellis built according the size needed for each variety.
Our grand daughter serenity helped us plant the seeds in there perspective rows and she did a wonderful job and had fun with us in the garden.
Currently all the varieties are growing well as of May 23, 2015 despite the rain, hail and recent snow we just had a few weeks ago.
Update June 5, 2015
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.
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
2 – Harvester – Bush Bean
3 – Blue Lake 274 – Bush Bean
4 – Kentucky Wonder – Pole Bean
5 – Contender – Bush Bean
6 – Royal Burgundy – Bush Bean
Here are a few pictures of what the actual crop looked like as they grew and the heavy laden bushes full of beans.
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.
Here are the saved green bean seeds for upcoming gardens!