Monday, July 18, 2011
Saving Seeds From Snap Peas
Snap peas!!!! I don't know about you, but I love these little guys! I can eat and eat and eat - standing out in the garden. But, there eventually comes a day when the pea pods get leathery, and the taste changes from sweet to bitter. And then you know....the season is over. And THAT is a sad day indeed.
But, for those of you who grow snap peas in your garden, I've got some thrifty news for you! It is SO easy to save your own seeds for next year's garden. So wait! Don't tear out the plants yet! If you're at all like me, you usually miss that last day to pick before the snap pea pods get all leathery and strong-tasting, so you've got a trellis full of "wasted" peas. But really, they are not wasted at all....
1. Let the peas sit on the vine until the vine shrivels up and turns black. (The pea plants in my pictures aren't even near done. They will shrivel up, turn black, and be hard and crispy!)
2. Pick off the pods on a day that they are dry and brittle (e.g. not after it just rained).
3. Tear open the pods and pull out the round seeds.
4. Be sure the seeds are completely dry before storing for next year's garden!
Now isn't that super easy? Just let them sit on the vine 'till they're dry, then pull out the seeds. Done! I saved so many seeds that way last year that I filled a sandwich bag 3/4 full of 'em. You should seriously do it. It's super easy and you can even put them in cute bags and give them away as gifts next year. Have fun with it!