Re: waterwise varieties
>>>What bean strains have you worked with, and what results? Wondered ifyou've tried tepary beans yet, and how has your amaranth turned out?
the snails delighted in my amaranth sprouts, so I only got one to fruition.
It was gorgeous, golden, full headed. I had never seen it before except in
photos. I'm not sure it would polinate properly with only one plant, and
also I had no clue when to harvest it. I have hung it to dry. I don't
know if this is appropriate. I had to pull it out yesterday, as today we are
preparing the garden for the fall season and a new expansion that takes it
to double the size.
sorry folks, no "no-till" news here, we did our expansion with full bore
rototiller and compost amendment. I had to. it used to be a bermuda grass
(cynodon dactylon) lawn-ish area. I quizzed another international email
list (GardeningOrganically) and noone had an organic solution to the
inevitable bermudagrass invasion. black plastic doesn't work on the deep
stolons, and short of roundup and other haz-mats there doesn't seem to be a
substance I can apply. I have searched. so the conclusion was that
hand-picking was the only way. I dreamed of a Fukuoka seedball start, where
I wouldn't have to do this step, but I have tried in other areas of the yard
to coexist with the bermuda and it really doesn't work. pretty hideous in
I did try tepary beans, but I think I gave them too much abandonment and too
little care. they did sprout, and got a few leaves, but I didn't check them
for a few weeks and they were gone. I didn't even see whether it was
snails, or lack of watering-attention, or what. my understanding is that
the teparies have to be far away from other beans, so I had them on the
other side of the house, among my Calif natives, where I rarely water.
basically, better luck next year.
other beans/legumes: this year I have grown Anazazi (Bountiful Gardens),
Mixed heirloom french snap (Bountiful Gardens), O'odham Vayo (Native
Seed/Search), Tongue of fire (Bountiful Gardens), Yoeme Purple string
(Native Seed/Search), and the Native Seed/search cowpeas - I don't have the
variety name in front of me. last yr the cowpeas were great. this yr I put
them in very late and they're still going strong. I've grown the Yoeme for
2 years - they aren't the best green bean ever. The Mixed heirloom are far
better as green beans. but the Anasazi and the Tongue of fire are so pretty
as dried beans. we have yet to eat them, but the harvest is in. I did all
of these in biointensive layout and maintenance, altho many I included in my
Native American 4 sisters area, which kinda crossed over the line
approaching a Fukuoka inspired wildness. I pulled the corn & beans as they
matured, but the squash is still out there. I have noticed on the cowpeas
that they do better if I ease off the water once they begin to set.
squash in the 4 sisters section is Native Seeds/search Tohono O'odham Ha:l,
Mayo Kama, and Cooks Gardens Rouge Vif pumpkin. the Mayo Kama & pumpkin are
maturing, while we eat the Ha:l young - it is excellent. I also grow Cooks
Gardens Tromboncino, which I select because it is a zucchini-like squash yet
is vining. I need the small footprint. All of the squash does much better
I also have leeks (Bountiful Garden, I think King Richard) somewhere hidden
beneath all this, although I think I may have lost them to bolting. I made
some soup yesterday with bolting leeks, and it is possible, but there is a
woody part in the center - far better to harvest on time!!! tomatillos
smack in the middle, cosmos and heirloom cherry tomatoes to the side, and a
grapevine on the wall behind, plus sunflowers (Cooks Garden, giant edible),
and beneficial flowers (Calif poppies, sweet alyssium, yarrow, dill, some
Bountiful Gardens Bene mix), so this part of my garden can either be
described as approaching Fukuoka, or a total mess, pick your premises!!!
LOL. oh, I forgot, I also have a small cassava in there!