Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Saving Bean Seeds



Do you save seeds?
I try to save a few from my plants each year, and I am ever so grateful when Spring rolls around.
Not only does saving seeds save money, but you can pick seeds from the healthiest plants and therefore have the best seed source for the following season!
Lily and I picked a few climbing green bean pods that were drying nicely.

To save beans, just leave a few of your healthiest plants after harvest,
Within about 4 weeks, the pods will dry.

Pick the crispy pods that have rattling beans inside.
Some people suggest drying them in a cool dry place for another 2 weeks before cracking open to save the seeds.
I am a bit of a rebel and just make sure the pods are REALLY dry off the vine.



Crack open and store beans in a paper bag or Ball canning jar with a loose top!



Hope you are having a lovely start to the Fall season!

~Julia


4 comments:

fiona said...

This is useful to know Julia- I have kept some flower seeds and bulbs

From your photos I could almost hear the noise the beans made as they went in the jar

Blessings to all

Fiona

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

I did this for the first time with some of my bean plants! We also dry them strung up in their shucks to make shuck beans. I'd love to start saving more seeds from some of my other plants too.

okcamp said...

Julia,
I had the best cherry tomatoes ever. I'm saving seeds from two robust plants.

Your farm is lovely. Do you not have deer there? I don't see fencing around your garden. They eat everything in sight here.

Diane

simplyfarmhouse said...

I love saving seeds..from peppers of different kinds, apples, pears, and so many more. I love this post.

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