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Garden Update 10/2 ~ Saving Beans for Seeds

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It’s official. I let the weeds get my garden. I dug up all of potatoes and I’m still picking a few tomatoes, kale, broccoli, and peppers, but the nights are getting cooler and my garden doesn’t like it that much. None of my fall plants have done much and honestly, I’m done gardening. I don’t have the time right now.

blankThis is my garden haul from last week. My pepper plants look cold – they won’t be around much longer – and the tomatoes are slowing down too. The kale looks great, though, and so does my broccoli. I’ve got a few fall peas coming – we’ll see if they become anything.

One thing I am trying for the first time this year, is saving a few seeds. Beans seem to be a good seed to start with, so here’s what I’ve done to save bean seeds for next year!

blankThis is what’s left of my bean plants. They look pretty bad, so this may not be the best experiment. They were hit really hard by Japanese beetles. Anyhow, the first step is to check out your biggest and most healthy looking plants – if there are any beans that have dried on the plants, pick them!

blankIf the beans are squishy or not quite dry, leave them. You really want to get the driest beans so that your seeds don’t mold and ruin the batch. You can see a slightly green bean in my bowl – I threw that one out. Shouldn’t have picked it in the first place.

blankThen, shell the beans and spread them out on a pan to dry. I’m not really sure how long to let them dry. I’ll probably just put them in my cellar and leave them there for a few weeks. Then, I’ll bad them up and save them for next year! I’m curious how it works!

Have you saved your own seeds before? How did it work for you?

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankBarb @ A Life in Balance says

    I’ve only tried saving dill to use the following year when making pickles. Oh, I have saved pumpkin seeds. I found a bush pumpkin at Home Depot a few years ago, and saved the seeds. I grow a new one each year.

    I’m done with the garden. I felt like I didn’t get to enjoy it this year. There’s always next year.

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