Hi, everybody! I've just joined up. Found you all while looking for a source for sweet lupine beans, either in California or able to ship here. I could get lost in this forum! So many interesting threads... Anyhoo, hello from mostly-sunny SoCal!
Welcome. PM me if you would like a few sweet white lupins. I got some from Raymondo and will be growing them out this summer so I don't have a lot yet but you're more than welcome to a few that would get you going.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly - Dalai Lama
Hi to you all, I have just spent some time reading your posts etc and can honestly say (hand on heart) that I am and probably will remain the least knowledgeable member here. Last year for the 1st time in my life I shop bought seed potatoes and mostly 'buried them' I then lost the info, ie the name of the potatoes and the instructions etc so was suprised to see 'things' growing. Long story short every plant grew ample potatoes but mostly those tomato looking seed balls and there were so many of them. I learned that they contained TPS and followed instructions on how to clean and store them which is exactly where I am now, that is all the experience in the world I have regarding 'The Garden' I hope you don't mind having a member on here who no doubt will ask silly questions and who has nothing to contribute. x
Post by 12540dumont on Mar 14, 2012 12:59:09 GMT -5
Hayclan, every one of us have something to contribute. Everyone of our experiences here helps another farmer, gardener, first time out on the earth folks.
And if you don't think that each one of us has lost a label, forgotten to write something down, or can't remember where exactly or what exactly was planted in the spot to the left of the bush...just read more of the forum.
Hi traab Thanks for your interest in my bean out-crosses of the 80's. Today is the first time since February that I've been on the board. Anyway I was a member of Seed Savers Exchange in the 80's and got away from my bean growing for a long time after 1989. The property I lived on was being grown over with trees and didn't know where to go with my gardening next. In 2011 I decided to get back into bean collecting and gardening again so began a new bean collection. Found a fellow in a rural area where I live that will allow me to have a good size piece of ground to grow things on. I discovered quite a few of my bean out-crosses that I discovered in my gardens and named that I offered through the SSE yearbooks back in the 80's made their way into the SSE collection at SSE's Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. Also I discovered about 3 of my out-crosses which have been stable for about 30 years are being sold commercially. One called "Pawnee", which looks very much like Jacob's Cattle in brown and white being sold by a few small cottage industry seed companies here in the U.S. Also a very pretty horticultural looking bean called "Candy" being sold by Annapolis, and Salt Springs Seeds in Canada. A very lovely snap bean called "Blue Jay" that I discovered in 1977 amongst some pods of a white seeded 19th century French snap variety called "Comtesse de Chambord" Blue Jay has a mottled seedcoat of dark navy blue and a very light buff or nearly white when the seed is first harvested new. This bean is being sold by Heritage Harvest, Annapolis, Two Wings Farm, Hope Seeds and Perrenials, and over six more seed companies in Canada. I was excited and totally surprised when I accidentally bumped into Blue Jay on the internet. I first listed Blue Jay in the SSE yearbook in 1980 then for 5 more seasons. When I saw the name of the bean and then saw photos of the seed I thought what was the chance of someone developing a new bean variety and having it have the same seedcoat as the bean I discovered, and give it the exact same name. When Two Wings farm gave the information in their description of Comtesse de Chambord that it was one of the parent varieties of Blue Jay on their website in 2011. I knew it was the bean I discovered in my garden back in '77. This year of have acquired many of my out-crosses and will do a growout of my collection. Then I will have some bean seed to really offer this coming fall in '12. I'm also building a website for my collection and hope to have that up by perhaps October. Maybe perhaps something fun to look at for some gardeners and bean fans. I'm also going to offer seed through the website. I do have a couple of bush bean varieties to offer now. I will put up a post on another thread as to what I have probably the trading seeds thread would be appropriate.
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Hello Bluejay and welcome to the site well after you have begun writing! I am glad to read of your contribution to heritage beans that have become popular. I will be looking forward to your website in the Fall and expect it will be informative. I am glad you are announcing to others the origin of your varieties. I had run into references to your Pawnee Bush Bean in 'Hill of Beans' which took a few years to find with the help of the Seed Savers Exchange Library. That search resulted from contacting many individual Seed Savers and book references about Missouri River peoples and their crops- all new to me.
I was glad you informed me of the early bean collector John Whithee and the network of bean collectors he organized in the Wanagan group in the 1970's and 1980's from Lynnfield, MA. They had collected 1,200 varieties of beans which were passed to Seed Savers Exchange and Organic Gardening and Farming. Many of these heritage beans I suppose we grow today.
All new to me, but I had lived up the road from him not knowing him or about his beans-fun connections. Thanks for letting me know more about him. You have much to share.
Hi there! Another newcomer here, I found you after reading The Resilient Gardener and getting curious about different types of corn. Then I noticed all the other stuff on here - on dear, there goes my resolution not to spend too long online. I'm in SE England, and have approx 3/4 of an allotment plot, so all growing experiments are likewise pretty tiny. Looking forward to learning a lot from you all!