I already went through and inventoried my seeds and made a list of what I needed. The list wasn't too long: broccoli, cauliflower, pickling cucumber, parsnips, leeks, onions, summer and winter squash, peanuts, eggplant, parsley, bell peppers, and tomatoes. I already ordered all these seeds (most from Heirloom Seeds) and they have arrived, but seed catalogs also keep arriving. Why do there have to be so many choices? I love the ideal of heirlooms, but I get overwhelmed with all the choices!
After drooling over more seed catalogs and circling the varieties I want to try (not this year!), I decided to map out my spring garden and see how much I have room for and how many seeds I can squeeze in. The results of my mapping reveal that I probably need to order more bush beans. Yes, more seeds!! In the past I have mostly picked beans as snap beans, but I want to try more dried beans. Black beans and kidney beans are the ones I buy the most for cooking and eating, so I should grow them. Of course in looking for beans I have now picked nine varieties that look fabulous: Appaloosa, Calypso Red, Cannellini, Dabble Grey, Hidatsa Red, Koronis Purple, Lina Sisco's Bird Egg, Tiger's Eye, and Black Turtle.
|Lina Sisco's Bird Egg|
Now my goal is to narrow this list down to about three varieties. I should go with the Black Turtle since I use black beans a lot. The Appaloosa are described as being similar to kidney beans, so they should make the cut. I don't think I can turn down the Tiger's Eye because of their color and they are good for making refried beans, so that would be different from the other two. That's already three, huh? Ok just one more. I dropped the Hidatsa Red because they can have 3' vines and I want more compact bush beans. Cannellini would probably be the most useful and versatile, but Lina Sisco's Bird Egg beans are sooo pretty! Decisions, decisions!
Anyone have a dried bean variety that you absolutely love?