Planting beans from the grocery store

This could be a great way to use some of that long term food storage this spring, and to build your long term storage moving forward! Has anyone tried this? lets hear about the results in the comments

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  • D Chase5

    I have used dried beans from the store. They have grown as well as the bean seeds you pay a lot more for from garden center, big box store ect. They are very economical . A added benefit is they have not had poisons sprayed on then so rodents don’t eat them.

  • Pragmaticpreparedness

    It an inexpensive and very easy way to grow beans. Thanks for the Vid!

    I planted and grew some black-eyed peas last year out of our storage. I was thoroughly impressed with how well they grew.
    My primary goal was to :
    1. See if they would grow.
    2. Nitrogen fixation for the soil.
    We harvested a good bit of black-eyed peas and even some black beans.
    There is a thread at The Survival podcast forum with pics. “Black-eyed Peas from a bag” started by Elf_1.

    I plan on growing some fresh pintos and more black beans this year.

    btw…I harvested, dried, and replanted some of the black-eye peas and they did great!


  • Jorja

    Oh yeah, while sorting, I’ve tossed the odd pinto bean into a kitchen window flower pot. The things take off and climb up the window frame, often flowering and setting little pods, it’s a hoot. No reason to buy ‘seeds’ for these guys unless you’re after organic – the store stuff is prolly GMO, right?

  • Anonymous

    as far as I know monsanto or others haven’t dug their claws into beans yet. Probably because they don’t have to, beans grow so well as they are currently

  • Jorja

    Small favors, eh?

  • Insane_Libertarian_Wacko

    If you live in a cooler climate it’s worth using some bean inoculant to get your plants established. It basically gives the roots a small boost early on, allowing for a larger and faster fruit set on the plant. If you live in an area where the beans can have 3+ months of growth, it’s not needed, but if you’re racing against the coming cold season or want to get multiple crops in a year, it will speed things along dramatically.

    The inoculant it’s self is just a mix of bacteria and occasionally fungi, all organic (they don’t make a chemical inoculant, they just give you a dyed starch powder so you can visibly see what’s been treated). I know some people who were worried about that, but I assure you, it’s all safe and natural. Obviously, to “inoculate” something is to introduce a living organism to it, but some nut-jobs keep claiming it’s a toxic, man-made radioactive treatment, which is just stupid. Sadly, such idiotic claims spread, even among rational people who simply never had reason to doubt what they were told. I think everyone here knows better, but it’s something I’m constantly correcting people on, so I figured I’d throw it out there anyway to spread the word.

    It’s also important to know that different beans require different inoculants. The wrong pairing will be ineffective most of the time. Again, it’s not required, but can help a lot if time to harvest is a high priority.

  • Just thought I’d add, I buy mine by the pound online. I’ve found it a bit cheaper than the grocery store for anything other than the standard pinto and black beans.

    Here’s the company I use:

    They also have great prices on citric acid (useful in home brewing), and lots of raw seed herbs that are good for planting.

  • Rainman

    I planted black-eyed beans which I bought from the local Indian spice store, and they were very successful. Beautiful plant and great yield. If I had more space I’d grow heaps of them,

  • Brian

    Never tried beans, I will now. But wanted to let you all know that if you buy fresh green onions from the grocery store once you have cut off the green stalks to use, you can replant the root base in some soil in a window and it will regrow new green onions for you. My wife figured out that if we do this with 10-12 green onions we will never have to buy them again.

  • Anonymous

    awesome tip!

  • Prag

    Good suggestion and tip!



  • Mosq10

    Dried beens from the store grow just fine as i planted about 15 rows one year ., used blackeye peas from walmart and they grew as well as any from a feed or seed store.

  • Bobby Myers

    Great Video, thanks so much!

  • leslin

    i never knew we could directly plant these seeds… will try it…thanks 🙂

  • arlene

    How do you can home grown fresh black eyes beans ?

  • Alexander

    I am using this as help on a school science project (I’m a 6th grader). I sure hope it works! Some people on eHow don’t seem that positive on planting dried shelf beans though…

  • saveourskills

    They are seeds, they should work fine unless there was excess heat in the drying out. I’ve never had an issue germinating cheap seeds from the grocer.

  • David Hutton

    I’ve done it plenty. I grow Limas, Black eyed peas, black beans – because I live in the SOUTH. These do well in the heat.
    TIP: Don,t hold beans; they’re only worth about two months of life. Once you’re into your second picking and the plants are looking raggedy …pull em up and compost em.
    Better to sow many succession plantings than trying to squeeze blood from one.