COMMON BEAN (Phaseolus vulgaris) (65-90 days) (35 or 80 seeds)— This variety of black pole bean dates back to the infamous Cherokee Nation relocation during the “Trail of Tears” in the winter of 1838. The Cherokee ancestors of Dr. John Wyche of Hugo carried them along the forced migration from the Smokey Mountains and planted them in the soil upon their arrival—this is a story of resilience. We have been planting these beauties for years in Milpas (corn, bean, and squash polycultures) and they work strong in the system. They are good to eat as both snap and dry beans. In Kansas City, when planted late, we have noticed that they will not produce until the temperatures start to drop in the late summer.
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