Heirloom Bean saving

prachi(6b (NJ))September 8, 2013

So I know its not completely right to do but my CSA has been having awesome heirloom beans (dragon tongue beans, a yellow variety and a dark purple one). Can I just pick the older beans dry them and save the seeds for next year. (I like to supplement my CSA with my garden veggies... b/c then I can get the things I like when I want them versus waiting for CSA to have enough to feed 200 shares before I get them.

ANy tips are appreciated. Thanks

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susanzone5(z5NY)

What's CSA? To get bean seeds, let the beans mature on the plants till the pods are brown and dry.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:26AM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

What's CSA? To get bean seeds, let the beans mature on the plants till the pods are brown and dry.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:27AM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

To answer for the OP, CSA is the term for a subscription veggie system where the farm pre-sells shares of the produce and the consumer picks up a box of food every week for the season.

As far as the beans, I agree that they really need to mature on the plant before picking. If they are really far along, you may still be able to dry them and have good germination. Better yet, splurge the $3 and buy a pack of seeds, lots of companies sell dragons tongue.

-Mark

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 1:48PM
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prachi(6b (NJ))

Thanks... yes CSA stands for community service agriculture. I buy a "share" before the season starts and he gives us a veggies each week.

So sometimes at the end he will let us do upicks for the beans otherwise of course I can just buy the seeds.

THanks

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 12:12PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Seed Savers Exchange is a huge group of gardeners and farmers from across the US who grow literally thousands of different heirloom varieties of every vegetable imaginable. The goal is to maintain diversity within the seed bank, as well as enable members to exchange seed with one another. You still have to buy the seeds from other members, but you get a discount if you are also offering seed to others. You can still buy seed from members if you are not able to offer anything back in trade.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 8:45AM
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jbraun_gw

You might want to try the seed saving forum here.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 2:54PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

2 month old post.......

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 7:41PM
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