Saving seeds saves you money and helps you regrow your favorite foods that thrive best in your garden.
Special, rare or heirloom varieties are the best seeds to save. Either way, start with seeds from plants that are open-pollinated rather than hybrid.
This year, collect and save seeds from your garden or exchange with friends. It’s easy and free, once you have a few of the tricks down. And the rewards outweigh the small amount of effort involved.
Seed Saving Tips and Tricks:
- Harvest seeds from veggies and fruits such as beans, peppers, tomatoes, melons, squash, eggplant and cucumbers.
- Over-ripen summer squashes and eggplant prior to collecting their seeds. Seeds collected before then will be immature and won’t sprout.
- Rinse seeds in a colander to remove any sugars, strings or debris.
- Pat dry and spread out on a plate to let thoroughly dry.
- Ferment tomato seeds before drying to remove the gelatinous cover. Remove seeds and juice from tomato. Add half as much water to seeds and juice in a bowl and let sit for two days. It’s normal for them to develop a whitish mold. When the surface starts to bubble, rinse seeds with fresh water, dry and store.
- Store dried seeds in the original seed packets or small envelopes labeled clearly. Place in a cool, dark place like your refrigerator until ready to use next season.
- Small envelopes