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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Organic Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean Seed
Kentucky Wonder (58-72 days)
Also known as "Old Homestead" & before 1864 as "Texas Pole"
Kentucky Wonder is a classic, popular pole bean that appeared sometime in the 1850s. Although it had many names, it has faithfully made its way into seed catalogs every year since. Talk about reliability and dependability! What makes Kentucky Wonder so special that over 84 U.S. seed companies still carry it?
Kentucky Wonder has 7-10" pods
Kentucky Wonder is a perfect green bean fresh, cooked, frozen or canned.
Kentucky Wonder is a heavy producer borne in clusters over an extended season
Kentucky Wonder is stringless & tender when young; the green pods are rich in flavor
Kentucky Wonder is perfect for growing on fences or poles
Kentucky Wonder is highly adaptable
Kentucky Wonder reaches only 4'-5' for easy harvest
Kentucky Wonder is rust resistant
1936 James Seeds says about the "improved" cultivar... "A selection from this popular Pole Bean, which is of better quality and more heavy bearing than ordinary strains. The flavor is sweet and delicate; the pods are a deep green. 7 inches long and nearly 1/2 inch through, solid and deeply creased, and are entirely stringless until too old for use. The pods are clustered up the poles so thickly that they overlap each other like shingles, and they can be gathered in handfuls. There is no need to plant a succession of beans if you grow this variety; just keep the plants picked clean of mature pods at all times and you will gather tender beans until heavy frost."
Steve Solmon's Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades says this about Kentucky Wonder.... "The best variety for dry-gardening is Kentucky Wonder Brown Seeded, not dubbed Old Homestead for nothing. Space 1 foot apart on rows 4 feet apart. Even when allowed to sprawl without poles or trellises you'll get a decent yield of delicious dry seed that tastes a lot like pinto beans."
Kentucky Wonder makes a great green bean to can! Harvest younger to keep them from producing any strings.
My 1913 copy of California Vegetables by Wickson says "The best climbing bean for most California situations is the Kentucky Wonder or Old Homestead, which bears a mass of pods when grown to a six foot pole. It is quite hardy and can be safely planted a week or more before many other varieties. It is a medium early bean and takes very readily to the poles; wonderfully prolific, the veins being actually loaded from top to bottom with pods from six to nine inches in length; as string beans the pods are nearly round, tender and very solid".
They call this the Texas Pole bean for a good reason! This is one of the best heirloom bean seeds for those hot Texas summers. My grandparents taught me long ago the value of Kentucky wonder as a sure summertime provider of great green beans. Many a day I spent on the porch swing snapping green beans and listening to my grandparents tell tall Texas tales. And many a night I enjoyed eating them seasoned with smoked bacon. ~FJ
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region.IL, OR, TX