Germ 4-10 days
Heirloom - Ancient
This is the most popular traditional soup and baking bean here in Maine. What Saturday night Bean Supper would be complete without Jacob’s Cattle and its remarkable effects on the digestive tract? Also known as Trout or Dalmatian bean, it is one of the earliest beans to dry even in our too short summers. An attractive combination of white and a deep maroon, it can also be used earlier as a shell bean. Similar in appearance to a Native American bean called Anasazi. Bush type. 75 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.