Monday, July 20, 2015
Harvesting Cranberry beans and Dwarf Grey sugar peas
I am saving seed from both of these plants. So this is more of a how to collect seed to regrow them both. But the Cranberry beans could just be saved to eat as a dry bean in this form too. could have just picked the cranberry bean at early stage and cooked it like green beans. The same for the peas. They are both a 60-65 day from seed to harvest plant. The cranberry bean needs no stakes. The dwarf gray needs a short 3-4 fence to lean on. Or it will fall in wind or rain.
Yesterday I replanted the cranberry beans. I have about 14 pea seeds in water. I am soaking them about 24 hours to help break there dormancy. They can take 10 days to 2 weeks to sprout. They have a hard seed coating. Where the Cranberry beans were sprouting in the pod at the time of harvest. That made me wonder if they would be good to save for seed. I did not want to chance. But I will save some to see if the will grow next spring. But this way I get 2 crops. ! for seed the other for food and seed.