How to Save Bean Seeds
When harvesting my green beans, I started researching how to save bean seeds for next year’s planting. I have never tried seed-saving but read that beans are the easiest crop to start with. I guess this makes sense considering the seeds you eat are the same ones that you plant.
I had planted several varieties of heirloom beans in 2016; Blue Lake Bush, Golden Wax and Kentucky Wonder Pole. The pole variety produced a ton of pods! I left a lot of them on the vines to fully ripen until the pods had yellowed and then I shelled the mature beans out.
Drying the Beans
I lined a baking sheet with paper towels and spread the beans out in a single layer so that they wouldn’t touch. I am leaving these to dry for the recommended 3-4 weeks. Once they have shriveled to almost half their size I will store them in a paper envelope in a cool, dark area.
I look forward to planting these in my garden next May, and will post the results!