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Types (go to “BLOG” to read my post all about BEANS)
All beans belong to the legume family. Shell beans, grown for their protein-rich seeds, are eaten both fresh and dried. Snap beans are cultivated mainly for their pods. Bush types are generally self-supporting while pole beans have twining vines that require support. Runner beans are a type of pole bean that needs cooler growing conditions.
Pole beans are even more sensitive to cold than bush beans; they take longer to mature (10 to 11 weeks), but they produce about three times the yield of bush beans in the same garden space and keep on bearing until the first frost.

Dragon Tongue bush bean organic heirloom
Dragon Tongue bush bean organic heirloom
Beautiful and sooooo delicious Dragon Tongue bush bean (see below for description) Approx 50 seeds
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Jade Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Jade Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Like the gem it is named for, this exquisite bean is a lush green. The plants are strong and erect and typically do not need staking. These refined, straight, tender, gourmet string-less beans grow as medium dark-green, round pods grow 13-18cm (5-7"). Selected on farm for years by bio-dynamic farmer Cory Eichman, Jade is a prolific producer of delicious, tender, green stringless snaps that continue to produce until frost on heavily laden yet robust plants. Vigorous plants keep bearing over a long period for regular harvests. Resistant to rust, curly top, and mosaic virus, open pollinated 56 days to snap stage
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LAZY HOUSEWIFE Green Stringless Pole Bean
LAZY HOUSEWIFE Green Stringless Pole Bean
My personal favourite snap bean. Plants are immensely productive. A well-tended patch will keep you in fresh beans all summer with enough left over to freeze or can. Provide support as vines will be heavy when laden with pods. This was the first completely stringless snap bean developed in 1810. To top it off it’s also a good dry bean. Lazy Housewife can be used as a green snap bean or dry shell bean.Can be used as a shell bean as well, and has a superb flavour. Plants bear continuously until frost. Highly recommended.
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Marvel Of Venice Yellow Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Marvel Of Venice Yellow Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
54 days. Sweet, flat, yellow beans are ready to pick early in the season and continue to produce until frost. This Italian heirloom has 20-24 cm. long, 2 cm. wide beans on vigorous vines. It is really early, producing lots of delicious, tender, yellow wax beans. They are beautiful, flat, long beans with a rich buttery flavour. Minimum of 35 seeds per packet.
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Sadies Horse Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
Sadies Horse Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
A beautiful heirloom runner with huge beans have to be seen to be believed! - a gorgeous mix of colors including pink mottled black, lavender mottled brown and pure white. The vigorous vines are covered in a mix of white and almost fluorescent orange/red flowers all summer long and also attracts hummingbirds. Simply breathtaking! (110 days for dried beans) Pole. Sadie's Horse Runner Bean Seeds have 15-20 seeds per packet. Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus)  
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Trionfo Violetto Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Trionfo Violetto Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Translated from Italian, this bean's name means "purple triumph", and this Italian heirloom will surely win you over! This treasure is a crisp, flavorful treat & highly ornamental. Abundant lavender flowers bloom against lush green foliage with a hint of burgundy that almost seems to be applied with a water-color brush. All of this accented against slender, dark stems, and long, thin, purple beans that are delicious fresh off the vine! It is so pretty you may want to grow it even if you don’t eat a single bean! Stunning, prolific, and delicious! Read about growing beans in my blog post here.
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True Cranberry Bean – SEED
True Cranberry Bean – SEED
(102 days) Open-pollinated. Pole bean that blossoms and sets pods over the course of a growing season. One of the very best baking beans that cook up creamy without disintegrating with a richer flavor than any other red bean I’ve ever tasted and are also a major protein source. The plump round maroon seeds without streaking look like Thanksgiving cranberries. True Red Cranberry is listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste Package Qty: 25 Seeds Some plants available in spring sales also.
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