Liv Smith wrote:How many jars of dry beans do you keep? And what categories do you have for them?
For most of the bean species that I grow, I only keep one jar: Limas, favas, cowpeas, teparies, runners, all end up in a single jar per species. With these, I tend to plant all of the incoming seed, since they seem to be specialty crops and I don't receive a lot of seeds, and I have one field that I devote mostly to beans, so there is plenty of space.
With common beans, I have a number of breeding projects going on, so I keep multiple jars:
Frost tolerant beans.
Dry bush beans.
Dry pole beans.
With the bush beans, I keep a jar of bulk seed which I plant for eating, and a jar of sorted seeds which I plant for production of seed-for-planting.
If I find seeds that I suspect might be naturally occurring hybrids, or that seem intriguing to me, I'll put them into a plastic bag which goes into the jar of bulk seed. Then I can plant them separately.
For the sake of full disclosure, I have all kinds of seeds laying around from before I adopted this strategy. They do not bring me joy. Therefore, as I sort through them, I am feeding them to the chickens, or tossing them into the wildlands so that they can attempt to grow.