Pole Dry Bean, Broughton Astley Polish (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Lavender Speckled. 95 days.
Beautiful green speckled purple pods are small but also taste good as a snap bean. Small, round, lavender speckled brown dry beans are so beautiful they’re like jewels. Early and productive. Delicious and very tolerant of cool maritime weather. Given to us by Keith Parkins on our original Seed Ambassadors trip to England in 2007. He told us this type of bean, locally known as “Polish Beans,” had been grown in allotment gardens in his village of Broughton Astley for over 40 years.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through early June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine or plant a few weeks after corn or sunflowers for a natural trellis. Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on them. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.