HEIRLOOM 1877 This dual purpose bean can be used for either eating fresh or as a shell bean. A real heirloom, it came from a woman named Nancy Davis in Kentucky. Pods grow to 9 inches in length and yield is continuous. Picked young, they are among the tastiest green beans. 2 oz packet (approx. 150 seeds).
Outside- Bush type: 1” deep and 4-6” apart with soil temperatures above 60 degrees and after the last frost. Planting under 60 degrees results in poor germination. Pole type: Plant 1” deep and 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Drying type: 1” deep and 5-6” apart. Leave beans on the plant until the leaves are falling and pods are dry and withered
Harvest- Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually to prolong production.
Tips- Water well during hot dry period and do not over fertilize which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest throughout the summer.