Q: I want a couple of pea and bean plants in my yard for a quick hobby
garden. Can I sow a few seeds from dried grocery store beans?
A: Possibly. Some beans and peas have been treated with heat or radiation to
destroy insects but others will sprout fine. To determine your chances, place
ten beans on a paper towel and roll them up like a burrito. Moisten the towel
slightly and put it in a resealable plastic bag on top of your refrigerator, where
it is warm. Green stems will emerge from plantable seeds in a few days. If you
are careful, you can plant these or you can take more dry beans from the bag
and plant them in your garden.