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Old November 11, 2022   #31
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last year was a very good seed saving year for bean seeds. frost held off long enough
for me to save a lot of seed, maybe three pounds of gina/steve seeds.
for those of you who are interested, i have decided to send a bag of seeds in to the

MMMM swap. they are still a work in progress. seeds are about f4, and may take a couple more years to become stable. hang on to them, until they appear to be stable
before distributing them. i would appreciate any feed back, and progress notes if you
are so inclined. last years seeds produced some very good tasting beans this year. you will be getting 2021 seeds. enjoy






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Old August 21, 2023   #32
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back for another year.


i have just picked a nice bag of grandma gina/uncle steve cross beans.
planted third week of may, took a chance planting early before leaving on
fishing trip, and it paid off. i am at f5 or f6 stage.
the mix consists of two plain green romano beans, two different sizes. both are
tender sweet snacking on them raw. there are about four different purple streaked
varieties. some are big and fat. others are longer, and more slender. all are very good to excellent in flavor. one anomaly plant is producing round purple streaked beans
that appear to be a bit earlier than the flat pod beans. flavor isn't as good as the
flat beans, but they are farther along, so that may be a factor.
the big flat beans are grown on one section of fence, but there always seems to be
a mix of sizes regardless of how i plant them.


bumble bees, and humming birds were buzzing around me while i was picking.
it was fun.




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Old August 21, 2023   #33
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Thanks for keeping us posted. Amen!!

They must be good; to eat them raw!!
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Old September 11, 2023   #34
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big beautiful beans keep on coming.


one thing i like from this cross is the beans stay tender longer on the vine like
grandma gina does. uncle steve has a narrower window to pick before the pods
get woody. i brought a bag o beans into the dentist office today. i had an appointment.
the ladies were impressed. they had never seen a bean like that before.
they were snacking on them while i was in the dentist chair. when i was done, i gave
them a brief history of how i came about having the bean.
and i am the only one growing them i told them.


for now






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Old October 18, 2023   #35
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i am taking advantage of our extended frost free growing season by harvesting more
bean seeds than i normally could. most of them are in, shucked and drying. there are
still a few fat pods out there not ready to pick. seed splitting in the pod is still a problem with the bigger beans.
some pods, every single bean is split while in others
they are all good or maybe 50:50. bean seeds are being segregated by color, and size
of the bean they came from. i think i am close to stable.
another year done.






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