The bean succession planting plan devised over the winter has had some altering due to weather, but there have been a bounty of various beans all season. A few new varieties were planted (to see the full list, click on this year’s plant list) among them the most recent harvest, “Hickok.” This variety was purchased from Territorial Seed Company for the sole reason that I’d never grown it before. Their catalog describes it as “Open pollinated. 55-65 days. The pinnacle in quality and flavor! Hickok’s straight, 6″ deep green, stringless beans taste very fresh and sweet with floral overtones and a mellow bean flavor. Healthy, uniform, 20″ plants provide a strong canopy of foliage to protect the beans, which hang down under the leaves for easy picking by the handfuls. Very productive over a long harvest season. White seeds.”
If you note the photo, “Hickok” is a indeed a very bright green, rather waxy in appearance. They form in pairs so are easy to pick, on sturdy plants about 20″ tall so they didn’t need support. It could be the weather conditions (very hot and dry although I watered) but all the beans were very narrow at the top inch or so, and they weren’t entirely stringless. Compared to all the other varieties this season, they were short (that’s a regular credit card to give a size comparison) and none came close to the 6″ described by the catalog. I was a bit late picking due to travel, so beans had formed but the pods were still tender. Most disappointing was the flavor, which was lacking, as in no flavor at all. This is the first bean variety that received a “thumbs down” and won’t be grown in the potager again. Space is at a premium, and crops must earn the right to be there!