Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

What's That Seed? Wednesday

Today's "What's That Seed? Wednesday" comes from Arzeena Hamir from Amara Farm in the Comox Valley in British Columbia.

Do you recognize these beans? Many people guessed things like Yin Yang and Orca this week. Great tries, but not quite! Scroll down to discover the answer and learn how to save the seeds.

Beautiful Annie Jackson beans that came to us via @ubcfarm #lunchtoday #iamaseedsaver

A photo posted by Arzeena Hamir (@amara_farm) on


They're Annie Jackson beans!

Annie Jackson discovered this pole bean in Russia and brought a few to southern Manitoba with her. Her son, Stephen, has saved them ever since.

How to save the seed

Let your best bean pods mature on the bush (resist the temptation to eat them) until they are dry and brown. If your area is too humid for them to dry, remove the whole plant a root system from the ground and hang it upside down indoors in a well ventilated area. This ensures the seeds in the pod draw as much energy from the roots as possible as they dry. The pods will rattle once they are ready to save. Crack the dry pods open, remove the seeds and store them in an envelope in a dry, cool place.

Don't forget to write the variety's name and the year on your envelope. They can last up to five years before being planted again.

Got seeds? Post your photos to Instagram and Twitter with #iamaseedsaver, or post them to our Facebook page, for the chance to be featured next Wednesday! Not on social media? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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