Grown in Maine by Tony Neves, Marfax has a rich history as a logging camp, bean hole type bean. Seeds are a brownish tan and do very well in the cool climates of the Northeast. Bean suppers still abound here in Maine and many of the old traditions seem to be making a comeback. Why not try a few pots of baked beans in the old enamel pot with molasses and bacon like my mother and perhaps yours did decades ago? 2 oz packet (approx. 145 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.