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Saving snow pea seeds

Snow pea pod ready to save the seedsRemember our beautiful snow peas?  Now they don't look quite so beautiful, having died back into a mass of brown vines.  That means the peas are ready for the second harvest --- saving the seeds!

I'm hit or miss on my seed-saving, but I do like to save the easy ones --- peas, beans, and okra.  It's hard to go wrong.  Just leave some pods on the plant until they turn brown and dead, shell out the seeds, and store them in an air tight container.  Or, if you're like me, toss them in an open pint canning jar and forget about them until next year when they sprout great anyway.

The great thing about saving snow pea seeds is that you don't even have to set aside a special bed for it.  You'll inevitably allow a few pods to get too woody before you pick them --- just leave those on the vine and they'll mature nicely.  I missed enough snow pea pods to provide seeds for at least a year.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Thanks for posting this! I was just wondering about this. :-)
Comment by Brandy :: Young in the Mountains Wed Jul 29 22:02:15 2009
You're very welcome! Chances are that your peas are probably dying back too and ready to have you harvest the seeds.
Comment by anna Thu Jul 30 08:02:39 2009
Actually, mine have just started producing the last couple weeks. :-D
Comment by Brandy :: Young in the Mountains Fri Jul 31 13:14:18 2009
Ah, then you've probably got a bit more time. I planted mine really early.
Comment by anna Fri Jul 31 17:26:33 2009

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