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Preparing seeds for next years garden
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ron    Posted 10-22-2004 at 07:40:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was walking through the garden yesterday and it made me wonder what would need to be done to use the pumpkin seeds and other seeds from this years crop to plant and grow next years crop? Does anybody do this still, and if so, what are the steps involved with preparing the seeds?

Alias    Posted 10-22-2004 at 09:20:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I only save heritage seeds. By that I mean, seeds that can't be bought as easily as the hybrids and more common varieties.

Some seeds, such as climbing cornfield beans, are dried and then placed in the freezer until planting time. Others, I store in plastic peanut butter jars. I usually drill tiny holes in the jar to allow for circulation of air and I store them in a cool, dry location.

Now, for seeds such as beets, cucumber, squash and other small seeds, the Myers Seed company of Baltimore sells packets with many, many times more seeds than the ones you find in Walmart for about the same price. So, I don't bother saving them.

hope this helps............gfp

Bkeepr    Posted 10-22-2004 at 09:57:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I save seeds, but most of what I plant are old varieties that are non-hybrids. Modern hybrids don't return true, so you can't save them very successfully. Ocassionally you'll get something nice, but most times not.

Things like squash save easily, just scrape off most of the goo and let them dry. I dry mine on a plate on top of the fridge. After a week or so, label and put them in a ziplock. You can store anywhere coolish and dark.

Other things take a little more effort--tomato seeds have to ferment for awhile, then you seive them and dry. There are several really good books on this "Seed to Seed" is one that give you the best method for each type of veggie or flower.

But the real key is doing it for non-hybrids only.

good luck,
Tom A

Bkeepr    Posted 10-22-2004 at 09:57:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

JoeK    Posted 10-22-2004 at 08:02:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lotza folks allow the seeds to dry,the refrigerate em or such.However one must remember
that many of todays seeds are hybrids bred for faster growth,better production and disease and pest resistance which results in seed from some items being sterile or not having the traits follow thru in successive generations

JoeK    Posted 10-22-2004 at 08:02:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

Nothing Needed    Posted 10-22-2004 at 08:01:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just let'm dry. You can plant late winter in seed germinating cartons, water, give light and warmth and once they reach about 2" in height (no matter what type of veggie) plant them in the garden. Make sure you are not in danger of frost of course.

Its a great way to ensure your veggie harvest is exactly the type of veggie(s) you like.

The ony exception is removing all seeds from any pod-bearing plant (peas, beans, etc).

Happy growing.

- Peanut

hay    Posted 10-22-2004 at 07:57:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
i generally save some seed from the garden, but they are mostly NON-hybrid vegetables. pick the best most mature veggie and seed it and wash them and pat dry. when throughly dry, store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. also helps to add a small amount of baking soda to help keep them dry. i have had mostly good luck with this method, but occasionally some will rot or not sprout.

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