Chico Seed Lending Library now has more than 23 varieties of Beans for your growing, eating and seed saving pleasure! ALL beans are ‘Beginner’ so a very easy type from which to save seed. Please consider growing out some of these varieties and returning them to CSLL!
Simply allow some of the beans to dry in their pods on the plants before collecting, but gather them before they shatter. Spread the collected pods on a tarp and gently step or rub the pods together to separate the pod from the seed. Blow the chaff away using the wind or a fan and collect the seed. Here is a video from Sow True Seed which shows you how. Do ensure the seeds are completely dry before storing in an airtight container. Then follow the steps on our seed donation page and bring some back to CSLL!
|Family||Common Name||Scientific Name||Variety||Qty|
|Fabaceae||Yardlong Bean||Vigna unguiculata||Thai Suranaree||10|
|Fabaceae||Tepary Bean||Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius||Mitla Black||14|
|Fabaceae||Tepary Bean||Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius||Gold||8|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Rolande||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Provider||14|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Kentucky Wonder -bush||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Black Turtle||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Royalty Purple||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Harvester||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Nickel Filet||10|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||French Filet||14|
|Fabaceae||Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||French Marcotte||12|
|Fabaceae||French Bush Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Roc d’or||9|
|Fabaceae||Pole Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||German Pole Bean||12|
|Fabaceae||Pole Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Blue Lake||12|
|Fabaceae||Pole Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Mama’s Cannellini||11|
|Fabaceae||Pole Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Old Homestead||13|
|Fabaceae||Pole Bean||Phaseolus vulgaris||Kentucky Wonder -pole||12|
|Fabaceae||Runner Bean||Phaseolus coccineus||White Emergo||3|
|Fabaceae||Cowpea||Phaseolus unguiculata||California blackeye||10|
|Fabaceae||Lima Bean||Phaseolus lunatus||Henderson’s Baby||1|
More than 300 seed packs were added to our inventory at our monthly ‘Lettuce Get Together‘ yesterday, thanks to volunteers who help us keep our inventory strong! Check out the full CSLL seed inventory for the list of all seed we have available for you to borrow.
Since January of this year CSLL members have borrowed more than 1000 seed packs, which is almost double what was borrowed in all of last year! We now ask that members also return some seed so we can locally adapt this seed to our bioregion! We have helpful information on Donating and Returning Seed but feel free to contact us if you need additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org!