Save & store heritage peas
Saving seed is a great way to save money and keep heritage cultivars from disappearing. Choose just one pea cultivar that’s open-pollinated (ie not F1 hybrids, as these won’t come true to type).
Weed out weaklings
As plants grow, remove any plants that look in any way weak or different from the rest. At the end of the season, collect seed from 10 different plants to ensure good genetic diversity.
Dry and shell them
Leave pods until they’re papery dry. Hang the stems upside down, under cover, to help. Open the pods by hand and discard any showing insect damage.
Seal in a container
Place in jars with dried rice (which acts as a dessicator, absorbing moisture). Store the dried seed in sealed containers in a cool, dark place for up to three years.