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heritage mystery black bean

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phaseolus vulgaris

So this one really is an orphan! We have no name for it but it was first donated at a seed swap and grown in the Queen’s Wood Cafe community garden, these did really well in 2020, and were grown next to sweetcorn and squash as part of a three sisters planting technique. We know very little else about it so it would be great is whoever grows it out and can take notes on its growing patterns, flavour and appearance.

Seed available to seed guardians:

2 packets of 20 seeds available

when to sow: plant out pot-raised beans in late may and early june or sow directly from mid-may until july.

requirements: well draining soil, can be grown in pots. 

harvesting: in the summer. pods are around 10-15cm long when ready to eat.