Just wanted to know, so I can plant in the spring...
What are the Best Types of Beans, to grow, to save for seed, for cooking with?
Thanks in advance.
https://www.mayacreek.org/2012-garden/Gaucho Dry Bean
Carol Deppe: Very early productive bush bean for drying. Not available commercially. My favorite dry bean. Rich distinctive flavor. I'm expecting about 1-2% off types from this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crop. Just cull anything that dries down much later than the Gauchos or is a little viney instead of bushy. Give your Gaucho dry beans as much isolation as you can from your green bean types, but don't worry overly much about purity. Gaucho wasn't pure when I got it, as is common with heirloom beans, and I didn't help it any by growing it near Black Mitla, a supposedly different species that it proved to be far friendly with than the species concept suggests is appropriate. I had about 10% off types last year, but rogued well enough so that I would expect only a percent or two of off types this year. If you get a cross or two with your green beans this year, they will show up in the next generation as plants that are much later and/or don't dry down as early as Gaucho, making them easy to eliminate. (Crosses don't show up on the bean seeds in the first generation when the cross happens.) Gaucho beans made a good crop on Vancouver Island B.C. Canada in the unusually cold (even for Vancouver) summer of 2011. Gaucho is an heirloom dry bean from Argentina that came to me from the old Abundant Life Seed Foundation.