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Phaseolus vulgaris the common French or snap bean whose green pods are used as a vegetable was domesticated in the Andes. It is the same species as many drying beans. Sow Beans indoors from April to June, and outdoors in June. The seeds can be started in modules or sown directly, 20cm apart, in rows 30cm apart. If beans are sown in cold wet soil they will not grow fast enough to get ahead of the slugs. The first warm week in June is best and sowing can continue into the beginning of July. Keep well weeded. Dwarf varieties do not need support. Beans should be picked quite small whan they are most tender, and picking will enocurage further flowering and fruiting. To save seed, some plants cn be left for the pods to mature. They can be harvested when most of the pods have turned brown. The plants should then be harvested whole and drying completed indoors. The beans can be shelled when the pods are crisp. This can be done by hand, or by threshing with a stick. Before storing check the beans are really dry by hitting with a hammer. They should shatter, not squash.
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Lazy Housewife
Lazy Housewife
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A climbing dual purpose bean. It can be eaten young as a green bean, or allowed to mature for the tan large coloured beans.   Average 30 seeds per packet more info
Cupidon
Cupidon
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A fine string-less round dwarf bean. An early, heavy cropper. Delicious raw or cooked. Average 30 seeds per packet . more info
Jersey Dwarf
Jersey Dwarf
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This dwarf bean from the Channel Islands would be my desert island bean, especially if that island was anywhere in the North Atlantic. It  can be used as fresh as a green bean or for dried beans. The pods are flat and striped and the dried beans speckled purple and white. IN 2017 it was our most productive bean producing over 500g of dried beans/square meter.  Average 30 seeds/packet more info
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Cherokee Trail of Tears
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Between 1838 and 1839 the Cherokee people of the United States were forced to march across the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma. This winter death march is known as the Trail of Tears as over 4,000 people died making the trip.

In 1977 a member of Seed Savers Exchange named Dr. John Wyche from Hugo, Oklahoma donated these seeds to our collection. It is thought that his Cherokee ancestors carried this heirloom bean with them on the Trail of Tears.

Beans were domesticated in the Americas thousands of years ago and serve as a protein in the diet of humans and animals.

This is a vigorous climbing bean that can be used either as a green bean or aloud to mature into a black drying bean.

Sow from April indoors or in May outside. Average 30 seeds per packet

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Coco Bicolour
Coco Bicolour
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Coco Bicolour An old botany teacher of mine, Paul Dowding, gave me some of these seeds old French climbing variety, which he has been growing for many years. The beans are mottled cream and purple. They are early, vigorous and prolific. We found them delicious and are pleased to add them to the catalogue.

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Blauhilde
Blauhilde
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Long dark purple beans on climbing vines. Average 30 seeds per packet Grown at Brown Envelope Seeds Average 30 seeds. more info
Kerikova
Kerikova
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Prolific yellow beans on climbing vines. Average 30 seeds per packet. Average 30 seeds. more info
Mr Ferns
Mr Ferns
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Jason originally trialled this variety for Irish Seed Savers and found it to be more productive than his standard commercial market garden variety. He has been saving it for several years and is always impressed by its ease of growth. Lovely pink flowers and not quite straight green bean pods with beans which go dark purple/black when dried. Average 30 seeds per packet Grown by Jason Horner more info
Minidor
Minidor
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Phaseolus vulgaris A stringless, yellow dwarf bean that crops early and heavily.
Average 30 seeds per packet

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