We had a prolific crop of bush beans this year. It was probably the best yield in the garden, second to lettuce, with no pest issues. We planted three rounds of bush beans in purple, green & yellow. The purple is my favorite simply because they turn green when you cook them. Right before your eyes! We’ve been eating them fresh for a couple of months and I blanched and froze some for winter.
As we continue to harvest more, I’ve grouped the pods together in bunches to dry out. Once the bean pods are all shriveled up, they’re ready for seed saving. The pods open up pretty easily along the seam with a fingernail or scissors. And boom, there’s next year’s seeds so we can do it all over again. A frugal little DIY…
I have repeated these steps with snap peas as well so we have a little stash of peas to plant next spring. This is a fun garden task to engage kids in. The seeds are big so they’re hard to lose although I’ve had a few pop out of the pod and fly across the room!
These seeds are, in fact, the actual bean. As in, the dry bean you buy from the store so we could always soak them and eat them this winter. It is just another way to preserve the bean harvest. I think we’ll plant a bigger crop next year so we can produce a decent amount of dry beans. At this point, we have a few dozen – enough to plant but certainly not enough for a bean soup!
Speaking of next year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2015 is now available at The West End Garage. I took a sneak peek at the weather forecasts! Let’s just say that we may have been spoiled by our mild summer weather this year.