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Organic Great Northern Shell Bean

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Organic Great Northern Shell Bean (91 days)

Seed pkg contains 1 oz or about 90 seeds

My 1937 Oscar H. Will seed catalog says that he (Oscar Will) obtained this white seeded bean from a Hidatsa Indian.  He credits himself as being the first to bring it to the seed market "over 50 years ago" (1937 catalog). 

However the story goes we do know that this bean has become a staple baking bean in many households throughout the world. Succulent, easy to cook and used to make soups.  Much faster to cook than navy beans. 

Great Northen Shell bean is perfect for Northen gardens with heavy yields and robust bean "bushes".

The highest yielding dry shell bean in Oregon State's 2007 Fresh Shell Bean & Dry Bean Variety Trial

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  TX

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1.5" 75 7-10 4-6" 4-6" 24 lb. (fresh) Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Beans:

50-60 days for green, 100+ days for dry beans. Not cold tolerant, beans need warm soil of 65° or higher. Grow best in full sun with well watered soil. Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield. Boost yields and germination by adding inoculants.

Avoid planting in soil that stays wet.  Heirloom bean diseases thrive in wet conditions, and the roots may not get enough oxygen.

Heirloom beans like soil that is slightly acid, about 6.5.  This can be achieved by adding mulched pine needles, peat moss or sulfur. 

Try wide row growing for bush beans.  Make your heirloom bean rows three across instead of just one.  Three wide is perfect because most people can reach across that width.  You can grow 3 times the amount of heirloom beans in the same space, you reduce the amount of area for weeds, and you'll save on water.



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