'Gaia' is an early maturing, variety. The plants are compact and the soybeans are beautiful, lime-green with black saddles. Excellent as edamame, pronounced "ed-uh-mah-may," or harvested later as a dry bean.
Discovered in 2010 by Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds in their garden where a green-seeded edamame and a black seed variety grew the previous year. Introduced in 2013. Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.
Sow seeds about one inch deep, three to four inches apart. Although you can plant in rows, they can be planted densely and allowed to form a canopy. This will help control weed growth. Soybeans are tolerant of drought and poor soil since they fix nitrogen. They will, however, benefit from fertile soil.
Soybean flowers are perfect (self-fertile) and cross pollination is almost non-existent, making saving seed easy. Allow pods to fully develop and dry on the plants.
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