I previously posted this on my old blog. I decided it would be good to re-post it, as this is the time of year to save your bean seeds. I include some updated notes which are in italics.
Saving seeds is a great way to be even more economical in your garden. Every time you are able to provide something for yourself and therefore not purchase a product, you are closer to closer to self-sufficiency. It’s better for the planet, and it is just neat to watch the way the natural world works. Also, the process of selecting the beans that work best in your garden and your climate
Today, I’m going to talk about saving some seeds from Dragon Tongue Beans. They were fairly tasty, and looked rather awesome when they were growing. They were purple speckled (and had beautiful flowers.)
At the end of the bean season, I left a few beans on the vine to dry out naturally. The area isn’t the prettiest, but to me it looks like more nourishment for next year.
The unpretty patch of beans:
I pick the pods from the patch:
This is an individual pod, so you can see what it looks like all dried out:
Now, I simply split the pod open. Please excuse the dirt under my nails as I was out in the garden playing):
These were the fruits (perhaps beans?) of that single pod of labor:
Here were the beans from the rest of my labor (I love the pretty color purple!):
There were some brown beans in the pods. I removed those, as I thought they didn’t look very fertile. But what do I know. I may be wrong on this one. I may also be right. I have no brown beans. I didn’t notice whether these germinated or not, I did plant it, though. Experiment and see what works:
I stored the dried beans in an old glass baby food container and will plant them next year. This task was easy, and relatively quick and really fun. I will continue to save seeds as the sense of personal satisfaction is HUGE. I had a great harvest of beans this year. So many we couldn’t eat them all. The entire process of saving the seeds, planting the seeds that I saved, and then cooking up the beans from those plant was incredibly cool. Give it a try this year, or plan to do it next year. I think you will really enjoy the process.