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Small Garden Seed Saving

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beans on vineHave you ever saved seeds from your garden to replant the next year?  If you haven’t saved beans, they’re an easy vegetable to start with.

Agriculture Director Anne Hillson at Sow True Seed says you can just leave the bean pods on the vine to dry, then make sure the beans you take out are completely dry before enclosing them in a moisture-proof bag in a root cellar or freezer.

When you eat winter squash from your garden, you can easily scoop out and save those seeds.  Hillson said to clean the pulp off the squash seeds before drying them.

Do you know correct seed saving etiquette for tomatoes?  Here’s an extension service explanation about properly fermenting and preparing tomato seeds for future use.

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6 Responses to Small Garden Seed Saving

  1. Anne November 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks Ethan.

  2. Ethan Frye November 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Seed saving isn’t hard to do if you know where to begin. For starters, consider the life cycle of your crops. Annual plants are the easiest to save because they produce seeds every year. And of course, your representative fruit should be mature and ripe. 🙂

  3. Anne August 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Ellen, yes it’s important to keep conditions dry and prevent molding. I had a few squash seeds that I did not clean properly before freezing and they don’t seem to be germinating for me now.
    Shane, thanks for the shout out!

  4. Oh and I just gave this a Tweet!

  5. Good job Anne for sharing this. Maybe we could get this information to Monsanto since it seems that they have forgotten ho important this is.

  6. Ellen August 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks for the sites to go to for seed saving, have been saving seeds from all the peppers we have. Some of the seeds turned black because I put them in a plastic cup. Now I understand lay them on a paper plate to dry. Thanks Ellen from Georgia

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