Thanks for the information, I was originally growing them for the young pods, but after planting I found lots of frozen beans in my freezer, so I decided to grow them to dry. I harvested too early I guess. Living and learning as the garden grows. If I get enough for a harvest that will be good, if not. I am not too worried, as I really don't use dried beans, just something I wanted to try out.
Live and learn. I had to remove my beans prematurely, ie before they dried up on the vine, but instead of pulling the whole plant and hanging them upside down, I snipped the pods off it and put them in a container to dry in my cellar. Some dried up nicely the first time around, the second time I tried to do this, they molded. The difference: first batch was not covered with cheese cloth in case bugs decided to make a nest in there which didn't happen. Moral of the story, if you have to pull them prematurely for any reason, find a spot to hang them upside down and let them dry that way, my guess, based on the above and my original post, is that they'll be just fine.
PS I managed to save enough seeds for next year only :(
Most beans you just leave them on the plant until the pods dry and just begin to crack. Then harvest them, remove the beans from the pod and store in a cool dark dry place. I find that plastic caniters work well.
"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."
Alternately, dry them on the vine if weather allows. I picked them before they were dry and put them in my cellar to dry. I understand, you could also pull the vine and let them dry off it hanging it up side down.
This is the first year I decided to let my beans grow until they are ready to dry. I planted a kind called rattlesnake, I googled it and it is a type of pinto beans. I went to harvest them and most of what I pulled where green still. I decided to compost them and see if I get any more this year or try again next year.
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