Germ 4-10 days
Grown in Maine by Tony Neves, Marfax has a rich history as a logging camp, bean hole type bean. Seeds are brownish tan and do very well in the cool climate 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 an old enamel pot with molasses and bacon like my mother and perhaps yours did decades ago?
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.