June is Bean Month!

Ok, so I am pretty sure that it is not OFFICIALLY bean month but I dub it so.  Why?  Because it is the month that you realize that can still sow a plant in your garden from seed.  June is the month where procrastinators unite against all those who prepared back in February and March.  Beans are the perfect "I can do it" plant to grow from seed, and June is your time to shine.  

Beans are beautiful, delicious and easy to grow and there are literally thousands to choose from. Try something new!  Be adventurous!  Now is your chance!  Hurry before June slips away!

Good Mother Stallard Bean

Good Mother Stallard Bean

Good Mother Stallard beans are a gorgeous pole bean (they need a pole for support).  Their smooth nutty flavor makes them wonderful eaten as both fresh and dried.  They don't need too much care other than full sun and adequate water and they have a long growing season.  

Calypso Beans

Calypso Beans

 

 

 

Calypso beans are my all time favorite bean.  Also called Orca beans due to that fact they resemble tiny orcas!  They turn any dish into a gourmet success.  These beans are a versatile cooking bean when dried.  Leave them on the pod to dry and harvest a few months after planting.  

Painted Pony

Painted Pony

 

 

I love beans where the name truly describes the bean!  Each bean really looks like a miniature painted pony!  This bush bean is so delicious fresh and dried and it produces so well you won't have to choose between eating fresh or dried.  You will have enough for both!

Lazy Housewife

Lazy Housewife

 

 

The Lazy Housewife Bean (not the best of names...) but it does describe the fact that the string does not have to be removed!  This is an old pole bean but a goodie.  It makes such a delicious fresh green bean that keeps on giving!  

Speckled Cranberry

Speckled Cranberry

 

 

 

Shell them!  Dry them!  Eat the fresh!  Speckled Cranberry Beans have a nice sized pod (and a gorgeous color) that makes every recipe a masterpiece.  Use a pole as these pods can reach 9".  If you are looking to grow beans for the first time, give these a try!  You will never see beans in the same light.