One Seed Chicago Show & Tell

It is time for the One Seed Chicago Show & Tell. One Seed Chicago is asking that all of you participants and bean growers send in photos of your largest beans, creative bean support structures and anything else related to One Seed Chicago or growing beans. Submissions must be photo or video that can be posted on a website. The deadline is September 12th, one week before the Harvest Showcase of Garfield Park Conservatory's 9th Annual County Fair. Send your submissions to oneseedchicago@gmail.com If you need some idea of what to send in you can check out the One Seed Chicago flickr page.

The ten best submissions will be displayed at the County Fair on September 19th. This year the County Fair feature lots of family fun such as: hands-on kids' activities, a petting zoo and pony ride, food preservation demos, a farmers' market, live music, and beekeeping demonstrations.

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  • Alas, the Blue Lake pole beans in my garden for One Seed Chicago haven't produced very well. I already had squash and cucumbers taking up all the space on my trellis, snuck the pole beans in-between, and they haven't exactly thrived. Probably too crowded, and not enough sun with those huge squash leaves. I grew Blue Lake bush beans too though, and have had tons of them. They're still producing, while the pole beans aren't. My mom likes pole better than bush beans, but I taste-tested both of them, and I'll be sticking with the bush beans - much tastier I think, and they produce wonderfully well even though my veggie bed only gets about 5 hours of sun. Bush beans are great in small-space gardens like mine, especially when the limited trellis space is taken by other vining veggies.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    The bush beans still qualify for One Seed Chicago. They gave out the pole beans but encouraged people to grow any kind of bean as part of the celebration. Interesting how the bush ones did better for you than the pole in the same condition. My pole beans were a bust even in almost full-sun.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Planted mine quite late because I did a Three Sisters thing and the darned corn was so slow! Also planted some up the stick gate, and then accidentally uprooted it so it had to be replanted. Looks great now, but I was really hoping it would get up OVER the top of the gate around photo time! Oh well, I've got a couple weeks! Planted two other varieties this year as well-- TenderGreens and Providers and they were bombed; terrible yields. There's a reason that Blue Lakes are so popular; next year back to all BLs.

  • In reply to naxn:

    I could've sworn I replied to this post. Anyway, I really like your structures and think you should submit them. You didn't have to grow the bean that they handed out. ANY beans count.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Alas, my bean died in the pot... I have a tiny castor bean (which is odd as castor beans are normally anything but tiny), but that doesn't really count.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I swear at one point in my blog roll an entry of yours titled something like "The seedy side of the garden show" appeared but now I can't find it here. I loved the title and want to read about seeds... was I hallucinating?!

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Ah HA! Just found it at your other blog, MBT.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Yeah, I see you found it. :0)

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