Friday, July 16, 2010

Save Your Seeds

Now is the time of year that we harvest our garden and enjoy the bounty that we have grown. But one thing is for sure you must leave some good stock in the ground to save for seed. Just be sure to let the plant mature and fully develop the seeds within it. When you harvest the seed be sure to lay them out on paper towels and let them dry for at least 3 weeks then store them in a cool dry place till next spring when you can germinate them into the next generation.

3 comments:

Ron said...

Saving seeds is one of the most important things you can do.

Justin said...

Im not a gardener, but I would save seeds too. Save seeds, save money

Anne said...

"Seed to Seed" by Suzanne Ashworth. It is a very good reference book for saving seeds. Knowing what can cross with what, steps needed to keep purity, average length of storage viability, etc. It is one of the best seed savers books out there.

Storing seeds... equally if not even more important.

Having the seeds dry on paper towel is not really the best idea. Wet seeds will glue themselves to the paper towel. Although you can cut the paper towel and plant the seeds that way.. long term storage it isn't good. Waxed paper, parchment paper, glass, etc. is better, but still make sure to move the seeds until they are dry enough so they don't stick.

Also you want to dry them to roughly 3% moisture content for proper storage. Rough means to gauge that is fully dried seeds will snap in half and not bend when folded in half.

Storage.. airtight container is a must. The 3 main factors you want to regulate to keep viability as long as possible is light, temperature and most importantly moisture.