On May 4, 2001, Brook from Richmond, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Beans, garden peas, and cowpeas are not only among the easiest plants to grow, saving seed from them is the height of simplicity.
In general, legumes should be allowed to dry on the vine. If frost threatens, or if there are other reasons to bring them in before they are dry, the recommended approach is to pull the entire plant, roots and all, and hang it upside down inside. Most of us do not have the room for this, so an alternative method is to just pile the plants in a warm, airy room, right on the floor, until they dry. A dry basement, or even a garage, is ideal for this.
The seeds, themselves, will need additional drying. To do this, remove them from their shells and store in a permeable container open to the air. Woven baskets are good for this. Periodica... read more