'Alan Chadwick Blue Lake' Green Pole Bean
This sweet and tasty green pole bean produces plenty of straight, round, 6” long string-less pods that are crisp and tender, even at maturity. Long harvest period (2–3 months). Superior in taste and tenderness to any bush Blue Lake variety. If growing for seed, allow the pods to yellow and then turn brown on the vine in a dry season, or harvest and shell to dry when pod is yellow. Nitrogen fixing and open pollinated. Pick every 2-3 days. Needs an 6-8 foot high trellis. Can cut the tops of the vines when they reach the top to promote branching.
Alan Chadwick developed the French Intensive Method of Gardening and bred this bean while he was creating the UC Santa Cruz Student Garden Project beginning in 1967. This is my favorite green bean for Hawaii and I have been growing and saving this seed for 25 years. I originally obtained the seed from Ellen Sugawara on Molokai who had worked with Alan Chadwick at Covelo, Ca.
Open pollinated - 25 seeds/pkt.
Seeds grown in Kainaliu in mauka Kona
Depth: 1 in.
Spacing: 6 in.
Days to emerge: 7-10
Days to harvest: 45-60 days