Variety: Cherokee Trail of Tears (saved seed)
Sown indoors: 7th April 2013
First Seedling: 13th April 2013
Germination: 6 days
Germination Ratio: 4/5 at 14th April
These seeds were harvested from pods which I had left to dry out on last years plants. The parent plants were grown from seed obtained from the Real Seed Catalogue and I hope that I will be able to continue to save seed from the new and future seasons, as each subsequent generation of seed should be that little bit more adjusted to our particular garden, in terms of environmental and weather factors.
11th May: Last year these beans grew quite slowly compared to the peas and runner beans and I thought it was down to the prolonged cold snap. However, this year there is no real difference and now 1 month later these seedlings have only reached around 1 foot in height.
17th May: The beans have been planted out against the back fence.
6th July: These plants have really taken their time to grow but they are now as tall as the fence and we have the first flowers. This is huge for me, as these plants were grown from seed saved from last years sowings and there was no guarantee they would produce anything. Now it’s a wait to see if any beans set.
15th July: Yay! Success, my saved seed was viable and we now have the first beans to prove it – they still have some growing to do though 🙂
20th July: Ready for picking. I have left 1 of the first pods on each saved seed plant, to fully ripen and then dry out for next years seed, thus ensuring that the seed will be as healthy as possible, as it has been grown whilst the parent plant was at its’ healthiest.
14th August: one of the pods which have been left to go to seed.