Cherokee ‘Trail of Tears’ Beans
These were, according to the Guardian:
originally saved from the winter death march of 1838 when 17,000 Cherokees were forced from their lands in Georgia and an estimated 4,000 died.
‘The beans were given to the Seed Savers Exchange in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, whose Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the trail.’
I like the idea of growing unusual things, plants that you don’t often see. It just feels good for biodiversity reasons, and also the fact that it feels special, that few people have tried them. We purchased a packet from the Real Seed Catalogue, popped them into pots on our windowsill about a month ago, and they’ve shot up in the warm weather. Given they’re in a good state, we decided to get them out in a large pot, with this wicker frame (I’ve been searching for hazel poles, but they’re impossible to find). So far so good – the leaves look particularly healthy, which is encouraging.
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