…let them dry on the vine, the more new plants you’ll enjoy in the spring!
These are Bountiful Beans, an heirloom variety that I ordered from Pinetree.
Here they were in July. These beans were delicious and prolific, just as promised, so we’re looking forward to next year’s crop. I already have the seeds on hand because I harvested the dried seeds and they’re ready to go!
Pop open a dried bean and your likely to find bean seeds that are ready to plant next year.
I’ll leave them in this pot for a few weeks, then move them to a marked envelope.
I’m not sure about reason for the color variation, but they may be at slightly different levels of dryness or they may just dry to different colors. I can’t remember what they looked like going in last summer. I tossed all of the discolored pods because the beans inside were shriveled and kind of moldy.
Moldy beans will only give us more moldy beans and we’re all about freshness around here.
If you have a few dried bean pods (heirloom, not hybrid, because hybrid won’t produce) hanging out in your garden, bring them in!
You’ll be one step closer to spring!
I’m a huge seed saver, too. Have been working on mine for last 2 weeks. So, are they like a green bean or are they meant to be dried?
Hi Brenda! These are green beans, so the seeds are for saving. I’m getting more into seed saving and I’m enjoying it. Hope all is well with you and yours!