Saving Pea Seeds, Hanging Head in Shame
... because I have a feeling they are about the easiest (THE easiest?) seeds to save, but here goes: Do I have to wait till the pods are brown and withered before plucking them off for seed saving purposes? These are French petit pois and the pods are hugely swollen with what must now be big ol' lumps o' starch. They are in no way brown or withered. The vines have collapsed on the ground and I'm concerned that if I wait until they are truly sere, our cool and cloudy weather here in the Seattle area (yes, our area is represented by a teeny tiny green line on the weather map of the Lower 48, amidst the giant swash of red and reddish brown showing the heat wave the rest of you are facing so bravely) will be the ideal environment for mold and mildew.
Must I wait?
Impatiently AND shamefully,