I grew double my usual amount of bush beans this year. One day I will grow less varieties. But I can’t resist all of the pretty colours and shapes! Anyway…. One bed was much sunnier than the other and matured quicker, but overall it was a great season.
I planted several varieties that I have already reviewed. If you are looking for more info on;
Black Valentine, Blue Jay, Dapple Grey, Jacob’s Cattle, Tsunetomi or Wood Mountain Crazy, shoot me a message or check out my previous blogs. They all did well and grew true to form
The new to me varieties:
What a pretty bean. Green with purple stripes with unremarkable flavour as a snap. But dried…. The earliest to a mature, it pumped out hundreds of easy to shell tiny colourful beans. I left the plants in, hoping for a 2nd crop in the fall. No luck. I think that I could fit an early snap in before winter in its spot. Will get a spot in next year’s garden.
A tall plant that shoots out runners. The beans dried fairly late. The long, thin pods were easy to shell. The seeds are gorgeous and kept their markings when cooked. I was making refried beans, but couldn’t bear to mash them! Not my favourite variety. Average production, average maturity, average taste dressed in a pretty coat.
i tried this as a snap and it was good. I won’t bother next time. The dried beans are so beautiful, why waste picking any early? It produced masses of long, thin pods. My only complaint is that I got the bean equivalent of paper cuts when shelling along the sharp pod edge. Fantastic in chili. This is a grow every other year in my garden.
This was the largest plant of all of the bush varieties. Strangely, the dry bean yield was a little less than average. It was in a sunny spot, so I don’t think that I will grow it again, but – I haven’t tasted them yet! This is a native Canadian bean said to be great baked or in soup. I will update once I cook with it.
I planted 5 seeds of this gorgeous purple seeded bean, hoping to increase my stock & share a few. I was very wrong. The 5 beans that I planted produced as much as the 2 dozen seeds of the other varieties! The plants were covered in large rounded pods. And the dried bean – so striking. The purple colour is deepening with age. I will taste some soon & update!
Such a dainty little bean. The pale green colour of the seed is eye-catching. Stringy as a snap, this one shines in soup. Rich & creamy tasting. Although I have enjoyed cooking with this variety, it didn’t have a great yield for me. It was in the shadiest part of the garden, so when I try it again it will get a sunny spot.
Tiger Eye is said to be a bush variety, but consistently throws runners. I decided to plant the seed around the base of my peach tree. Good thing, as it would have strangled out the neighbouring bush beans had I left it in the main beds. It grew right up the trunk of the tree. What a crazy coloured bean! A grow again for colour alone! I can’t wait to try it in chili!
The first fresh eating beans to mature in the absolute shadiest spot in my garden! A terrific tasting wax bean. I ate masses of them fresh out of the garden, drowning them in butter & salt. I froze enough for about a dozen meals for 4. Then I realized that the beans in the shady part of the garden weren’t drying. I left the rest for seed, but the frost got the seed first. Bah! I will have to source these again, as I hope none left!
Overall my favourites this year were Canadian Wild Goose and Mrocumiere. Both great production & gorgeous when shelled!
If anyone has a spare dozen Pisarecka Zlutoluske beans, let me know. I think that they would have been a favourite too, in a sunnier part of the garden!