Re: [gardeners] harvesting dry beans

Allen and Judy Merten (
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 09:52:22 -0500

Hi Margaret,
    I don't know what the experts might say, but I let mine dry on the vine
untill I the pods are real dry and brown. You have to be careful that you don't
let the pods split open and spill the beans. I also try to dry them a little
more in a dehydrator or real low temp in oven. I go by the feel of the bean. So
far no mold or mildew.
    Bastrop Co.,Tx

Margaret Lauterbach wrote:

> Has anyone grown beans for harvest as dry beans?  I have soybeans and some
> pole beans that I'd like to harvest as dry beans.  Should they be protected
> from frost?  I think I need to cut down the soybeans and let them finish
> drying on the ground, shouldn't I?  The pole beans I'd like to dry
> principally for use as seed next year.  Should I just pick some mature pods
> and let them dry?  Thanks, Margaret