We’re planting beans right now to see if we can get find dry varieties for this climate. It’s important to have a good supply of protein in tough times and I believe a collapse is coming. Though animals are a better source of protein, beans will do if we can’t get meat.
A couple months ago I bought Black Coco beans from the Vermont Bean Seed Company.
According to a conversation I had with Steve Solomon, the “Black Coco” bean tastes much better than most other beans. The beans themselves are large, black and rounded more than other black beans I’ve seen.
Last week I planted two rows under trellises before I realized they were bush.
They’re coming up now, and are happy, despite my mistake.
Anyhow, them being a bush type is good, as I have plenty of non-trellised space. As meat may be lacking in the near future, I am testing bean varieties. Dry beans are also storable. Many bean varieties are bland, however, so if this type is as good as reported I will plant a lot more of them.
In a meat shortage, eggs are also good and I got chickens for that reason. We also plant hunger-satisfying carbs. Potatoes, grain corn, cassava. It’s hard to get full on most plant food. Beans are the latest experiment, since I don’t trust the meat supply. I’ve had a hard time with them in the past as they tend to rot in the pods in rainy tropical weather. Hoping they do well in a dry fall.
Other varieties I plan to test include kidney beans, pinto beans and garbanzos. We’ll let you know what works out.