I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Hidatsa Shield Beans
Phaseolus vulgaris Hidatsa Shield Beans (90 days)
Seed package contains 1 oz. or about 50 beans.
Deep in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota the Hidatsa Indians grew this pole type drying bean in their corn fields. The Indians were masters of growing plants that were helpful to each other such as the "Three Sisters".
How the Three Sisters work...Beans/Corn/Squash The Indians planted the corn first, once it was a few inches in height, they planted the Hidatsa beans at the base of each corn stalks. Normally 3-4 Hidatsa seeds per corn stalk. Then they planted squash.
This is how that works out...the corn gives the beans something to grow on. The Hidatsa beans fix nitrogen at the base of the corn, helping this hungry veggie grow. And last but not least the large squash leaves take over the ground, crowding out the weeds, and shading the ground as well saving precious moisture.
Hidatsa beans are very prolific and make a great crop of dried beans to put away for the winter. You need to figure on planting a number of them if you want pounds put away for your pantry. Try the Three Sisters method in the corn patch!
TIP Let your beans dry on the vine unless weather threatens, then pull and hang the entire plant upside down in the barn/garage to dry. Now take a clean garbage can or burlap bag and put your Hidatsa beans in it. Now, the fun part. Beat the heck out of the beans. If you are using a burlap bag you can beat it on the floor or stomp on it. The idea is to get all the Hidatsa beans free of their shells. Now take this combination of beans and shells to winnow. That means, by either using a fan or the wind let the shells blow away. I use two big Rubbermaid containers. One empty on the ground and the other full of beans I slowly dump into the empty one letting the chaff blow out (fan or wind). That is it! Now you have your own 100% organic dry beans ready to feed your family anytime you want! Not to mention all the money you will save.