Bush Dry Bean, Beers (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Yellow/Tan. 90 days.
Who would have thought that there was an Oregon Coast heirloom dry bean?! We thought it must be good because growing dry beans along the cool, damp Oregon coast is not easy. Not named for the Beers Family folk band of the 1960s, and not because it makes you thirsty, but for Charles and Priscilla Beers who brought the bean from Nebraska to the Oregon Coast in 1895. Though a pairing with the beverage of the same name would probably work out just fine. Beans are a dark tan/yellow color, similar to Arikara, but a little larger, plants are more productive, and a little later to mature – 100 days on the coast, 90 days inland. A multipurpose bean that is good in any bean recipe. Given to us at a seed swap by a woman who had been growing it for many years near Lincoln City, Oregon.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″ spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Stop irrigating in early August. Harvest beans from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand, by dancing, or by driving on beans spread on a tarp. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate. For more info on growing dry beans, check out our blog post at: seedambassadors.org/we-love-growing-dry-beans-you-might-too/