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04:23 pm: A bean of a different color
Earlier, I mentioned briefly how I've started harvesting this year's trial beans. However, I felt that I didn't quite go into enough detail about just how exciting this is. I will now describe an illustrated example.

Last year, one of the varieties that I purchased to try was called Tarahumara Capirame. I planted several of these bean seeds in my garden, and most of them produced a harvest that looked identical to what I planted. However, one produced beans that were small and pink, quite distinct in appearance from the parent.

I gave these pink beans the nickname Jellybean, because they looked like something that might show up in an Easter basket. I saved all of the Jellybean seeds and planted them in my garden this year to see what would happen.

Today I harvested the first four mature pods from the Jellybean plants, and every single pod contained different colors of beans. The ones in the upper left look similar (though not identical) to the original Capirame, while the ones in the lower right look like the parent Jellybean (though the color is fainter). The remaining two types are completely new. I can only guess what other color variations I'll discover when I harvest more.

I don't even have words to express how geeked I am about this.

And this is only ONE of many beans that I'm testing in the garden this year.

Edit: Just look at the pretty pink pod! I'm dying to find out what beans are inside.


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Date:July 21st, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
Ha, my initial reaction to this was "OMG, are you completely crazy???" but then I realized that you probably have access to decent tomatoes outside of your garden. (God save us all from Florida-grown supermarket tomatoes.)
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Date:July 22nd, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
I realized that you probably have access to decent tomatoes outside of your garden.

I do, fortunately. However, I may not have to take such drastic measures, if I can squeeze the beans into more corners of the yard. I need to see how well I can keep the place weeded in the winter.
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