Sunday, August 26, 2007

Saving Seeds

Today was another garden harvest day. I'm a little disappointed that things are going so slowly this year, but I suppose our weird, unsummer-like weather has something to do with that. That, and the giant artichoke sucking the life out of the soil. I mean, our jalapeno plant, which we normally get 20+ jalapenos from by the end of August, is just now starting to flower!

I let some of our yellow beans go too long before harvest, so I was inspired to try saving seeds. I picked the soft bendy ones, shucked them, and the seeds are now out on a tray in the garage to dry. I've never done this before, so we'll see how it goes. I also picked a bunch of the dried pea pods and saved those. I know you can't save hybrid seeds. Luckily neither of these are. I'm also going to try saving some tomato seeds. Two summers ago I planted some heirloom tomatoes that have been coming back on their own ever since. I'm going to try saving some of those seeds so I can actually plant them where I want them next summer!

Anybody else save seeds?

3 comments:

MamaZuzi said...

Nope but I'd like to try. I just don't know the first thing about it - know of any good resources to get me started?

Heather aka bee9984 said...

We didn't have a garden this year like planned.Next year we will have our garden again and I am going to try this. I had never really thought of it but what a wonderful "frugal" idea! I can't wait to hear how it goes for your seeds next year :)

kbeeps said...

I don't really have any good resources - I'm just winging it...