I love seed saving! I love collecting the seeds. I love watching them dry, all in their unique ways, and I love packaging them up. But most of all, I enjoy planting the seeds that I saved, and watching them grow! This year, we bought a heirloom seed kit; which was basically an interesting collection of different varieties of seeds! Because of the fact that the seeds are heirloom means I can save them. If they are hybrid seeds (such as the ones you would get from a normal red pepper you would find at a store) they will either not produce fruit and grow huge annoying plants (such as a squash that never fruits) or you could grow plants that bear the wrong type of fruit (Such as a butternut squash plant that looks unhealthy and tries to bear butternut squash spaghetti squashes) Except for lettuce seeds, the kit came with pretty small amounts of each seed. The peas that it came with were really tasty and so I decided to save a cereal bowl full of them. J Here is how I did it:
- When your plants are slowing down, stop harvesting the peas and let them dry completely on the plant.
- When they are hard, but not ridiculously dry or rotten, shell them.
- Any wrinkled or cracked peas can be discarded. Any peas that are still bright green or do not make a tapping sound when tapped on a hard surface can be dried on a paper towel indoors for a few more days, or until completely dry.
- Place the rest of the peas in a labeled and sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Adding desiccant to the bags will keep them viable longer.
- When you are ready to use your pea seeds, plant them about an inch down in the soil and keep moist. The seeds will sprout quickly.
Peas are probably the easiest seed to save. I loved the Sugar Ann variety because the peas stayed crisp and tender all the way through the season!