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8/21/12 9:22 A

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Also save some of those dried beans. You can use them as seed next spring.

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8/20/12 1:35 P

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Just like when drying herbs, if you have to pull the plants and let them finish maturing/drying that way, be sure to hang them upside down. That way gravity will help move any nutrients/water in the plants down to where the beans are, giving them the most time to mature before the plant is totally dried out.

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GARBLEDEEGOOK Posts: 609
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found some info, too, which may come in handy if frost or lotsa rain show their ugly faces early:

"If fall weather is very wet or if frost threatens the harvest, pull plants early and finish drying under cover, such as in a shed, barn or basement. Beans will continue to mature in the pods even after they are picked, so donít worry too much if you have to harvest immature beans.

As tender annuals, beans are very sensitive to frost. Plant once youíre sure all danger of frost has passed, and harvest early if needed, as described above, to avoid frost damage in the fall."

What's amazing is that they'll continue to mature in the pods! Ha!

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Thank you! So simple, I had no idea. :)

One thought, are bird a concern? Should I put a net on top?

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8/19/12 8:11 A

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Nancy is right! Let them dry on the vine. You should pick them just as the pod is begining to crack, then they are ready to remove from the pod & store.

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8/18/12 11:56 P

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When the pods are nice and yellowed and dry. There should be no softness or green on the pod. You will feel the beans inside them as bumps. You can see the bumps also. Just pick and crunch them apart and store the beans in a jar or ziplock.

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GARBLEDEEGOOK Posts: 609
8/18/12 4:29 P

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This is the first time I've decided to try some pole beans and let them go to where I can shell them.

Q1 --- I have beautiful black beans (Trail of Tears) and I'd like to know how I determine when and which pods to harvest and shell out. (some pods are just starting to feel fatter and turn darkish)

I also want to dry them for later since I have a huge harvest of other beans, green, purple swan and forgot what other purple kind :) which we'll be eating and freezing.

Q2 --- What kind of method can I use to dry them?

Thanks in advance :)



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