(70 days shell, 90 days dry) The first time I cooked up a mess of Dolloff beans I was hooked: rich, substantial, meaty—everything I want in a bean. I was not surprised to learn this variety has been long grown and selected in the Northeast for abundant yields of dry beans in cool short seasons. Named after Vermonter Roy Dolloff of Burke Hollow who helped keep the bean going. Prior to full maturity they make tasty green or shelly beans; at shell stage the beans are light salmon pink with darker speckles. It’s worth waiting for the light chestnut-brown dry beans, which are wide and flat like limas. It is consistently one of the first dry beans to mature in my garden, only slighter later than bush Tiger Eye. Those who have trouble maturing dry pole beans in challenging seasons will find Dolloff the closest thing to a cinch. BACK!①
362 Dolloff - Sustainably Grown
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Shell and Dry Beans
Phaseolus vulgaris2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. All bush beans except where noted.
Culture: In conditions of high nitrogen fertility some bush beans may develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases.
Harvest shell beans when the beans are plump inside pods. For dry beans allow pods to dry on the vine until pressing the beans with your fingernail leaves no indentation. If heavy rains threaten just before maturity, pull plants by the roots and hang them in a dry place to finish or pick pods, shell and finish drying indoors.