The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.



Lima Beans

  1. Lima bean; bush; Sustainably Grown
    Henderson's Bush Lima Bean

    Lima bean; bush; Sustainably Grown

    (60-75 days) Peter Henderson & Co. introduced this Lima bean in 1887. I found this seed catalogue description from 1892, which I just have to repeat in its entirety: "This wonderful innovation created a greater furore (sic) last season than any vegetable novelty that has ever been offered. Those who never had a vegetable garden before were induced to plant the Henderson Bush Lima Bean, because it enabled them to have the most delicious of all vegetables without the trouble and expense of the unsightly poles. Hundreds of the most flattering letters have been received from every state telling of its wonderful success. A single plant was shown last season which had 271 pods on it at one time. Henderson's New Bush Lima grows without the aid of stakes or poles in compact, bush form, about eighteen inches high, and produces enormous crops of delicious Lima beans, which can be as easily gathered as the common garden bush sorts. Is at least two weeks earlier than any of the climing Limas. This fact alone would stamp it as the most valuable novelty of recent years, but when, in addition to this, we consider that it is a true bush bean, requiring no supports, some idea of its great value can be realized. The New Bush Lima produces a continuous crop from the time it comes into bearing... until frost, and, being enormously productive, a very small patch will keep a family supplied with this splendid vegetable through the season." Whew! What can I add...other than to suggest you might want to try it for yourself.


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