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Heirloom Bean saving

Posted by prachi 6b (NJ) (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 8, 13 at 11:29

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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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

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


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

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


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

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


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

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


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

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


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

You might want to try the seed saving forum here.


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RE: Heirloom Bean saving

2 month old post.......


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