Bush Dry Bean, Volga German Siberian (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Tan with Red stripes. 90 days.
A round borlotti/cranberry type. Good dry or as a fresh shelling bean that is early and cold tolerant. Plants are half-runner and somewhat sprawling. We recommend a trellis for small spaces, but plants can be left to sprawl if you have room. Has a classic smooth borlotti bean flavor that makes for an excellent all-purpose bean. The origin of this bean is from German Mennonites who were brought by Catherine the Great to the Volga River region of Russia. The Mennonites were sent there to utilize their agricultural skills to reduce the impact of a famine in Russia. One hundred years later, Russia deported many of the Mennonites or sent them to Siberia. Possibly Andrew’s favorite seed variety as he has a special connection to it; his great-grandparents were among those deported from the Volga region—except they landed in Kansas and not Siberia (“Lucky for me!” says Sarah.) We received the seed for this variety from Søren Holt in Denmark.
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/