I had planted three Dr. Martin lima bean plants on a sturdy six foot tall by eighteen foot long trellis. Brownie at the park had given me the plants, and he said they would need lots of room. So only the three plants in such a large space. All three survived transplanting, then were basically ignored. Never watered, seldom weeded. Never picked a bean because they never seemed full. There were lots of dry pods, some even split open. Before pulling out the three vines, I picked the dried pods.
|Dry Lima Harvest|
|Here are some beans still in the pods|
This last shot shows the total harvest of good beans in the saucer, the not so appealing beans in the left corner, a handful of fresh green pods, and a huge mound of pods to go to the compost pile. All those beans from only the original three seeds. I will keep maybe twenty beans to start for next year's crop.
We have never cooked with dried lima beans before, but sure are going to try this winter. Anyone have a yummy recipe they would like to share?