This old heirloom has been grown for over 150 years. The plants are “semi-runners,” meaning they grow on bushes that benefit from some support. The plants are super productive. A single plant can produce up to 36 pods, each containing 6-8 seeds. These tasty beans turn from black to dark brown when cooked. This bean is disease resistant, heat resistant, and hardy. Plant a 100-foot row of Black Turtle Drying bean seeds and expect to harvest 80 to 100 lbs of fresh seeds.
SOWING AND GROWING: Sow the seeds at a depth of one and a half to two inches in the soil with a PH level of six to seven. There should be four to six inches between plants, with a space of at least two feet between rows. It is okay to let the beans dry out while growing, and watering should be done sparingly. After about ninety days, the beans should be firm and ready to be picked.
HARVESTING: Beans should be harvested only when the beans and pods are dry, but before pods have split open. Pods can be snapped off branches at the base and beans can be shelled out of the pod for storage. Freeze your bean harvest for several hours to kill any insects. Rich source of minerals and vitamins with high fibre and low-calorie benefits.