It turns out a watched bean does dry down! And now we have a greenhouse full crinkly dry bean plants covered in crisp pods ready to thresh. I’m appreciative for what a drive plants have to get their seeds to maturity. And grateful for the abundance they provide. It helps buffer out erratic autumns and … More A Watched Bean DOES Dry Down!
They say a watched pot never boils. How about a watched bean? Does it dry down? About 10 days ago, just before that series of frosts, I pulled in some tender pole beans plants. Before I started the job I had felt quite a bit of trepidation. It’s a lot of work to bring in … More Does A Watched Bean Dry Down?
Seed cleaning is a science and an art. We use box fans and home made screens to get our seeds pretty clean. We do have some fancy equipment (like the office clipper) that offer more precision. But the most precise tool we have is our fingers Yes, once we’ve gotten seed as clean as our … More The Secret To Clean Beans
Over the years we’ve accumulated a few fancy pieces of seed cleaning equipment. The one we probably use the most is the Office Clipper from A.T. Ferrell. Please note – you don’t need a machine like this to save seed! For years we only used box fans and home screens to clean seeds. With these … More Cleaning Bean Seeds With The Office Clipper
You might remember a few months ago I wrote that you shouldn’t start saving seeds to save money. I still stand by that first post. But once you have acquired seed growing experience and are having success saving seeds, then saving seeds can save you money. On farms where you use a lot of seed … More Reduce Your Seed Bill By Saving Seeds
Last summer, I tried out a bunch of different edible legumes. The strangest of which was Tetragonolobus purpureus – the asparagus pea. Asparagus peas are common in most books about strange and unusual vegetables but not so common in seed catalogs. I purchased my seed from Patrice at la Société des Plantes during a Seedy … More The Asparagus Pea (Tetragonolobus purpureus)
As September turns into October and October moves towards November, the farm rhythm slows down. The unending summer to-do lists become manageable autumn lists where we strike off more items than we add. The fields feel empty with the carrots, beets, potatoes, squash, cabbage, and other storage crops sitting in the cold room and all … More Autumn Days
This is the fourth part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 3 covered calculating how much to grow to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is choosing when to plant your seed crop to get a reliable seed harvest. (Most of this article was originally … More Plant Seed Crops on Time – Seed Production Planning Part 4
This is the third part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 2 covered calculating how much seed to harvest to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is determining how many plants you need to grow to produce the amount of seed you need. We’ll look … More Seed Production Planning Part 3 – How Much To Grow
As I started this post, I realized I haven’t shared much about our bean production this year. That kind of surprised me since we grow 100-150 lbs of beans a year and spend a good part of September cleaning bean seeds. Why don’t we catch up and first look at different types of bean seed … More Saving Bean Seeds