posted on Aug, 11 2008 @ 10:19 AM
reply to post by resistor
Thanks for that info.....
We've been thinking that the heirloom varieties were the way to go....
We've had good luck with string-type green beans....we have planted Rattlesnake pole beans for several years now. They have a striped, purple-ish
pod after pink and lavender blooms. They bear like crazy. From just a short 20ft row, and another ten or so feet that came up 'volunteer' from
where they were planted last year, we have about 28 quarts in the freezer and had to give them away right and left by the bucket full!
I'm not sure if they qualify as a heirloom variety, but they are an older type....all of my elderly relatives and neighbors will say, 'I've not
seen those in years, Mama used to plant them!'.
We originally bought them from a local feed/seed place.....and usually save seed from them each year, tho our present feed store still carries them.
They seem pretty tough, and will come up 'voluntarily' in spring after wintering in the ground! (I've not found them in any of the seed catalogs
like Burpee , Parks, Henry Fields or Territorial...)
[edit on 11-8-2008 by frayed1]