Last year I decided that I was going to start saving seeds. I want to be able to sell them and I don’t want to have to buy the same seeds each year, but I do want to enjoy the companion plant benefits of certain varieties. Plus, it is so much more exciting to be able to buy new and exciting varieties of plants each year.
I decided it was best to start small and easy, because I did not want to burn myself out or get frustrated and give up. Plus, I am pretty green when it comes to seed saving, so it is probably best that I read up on the subject (anyone with good book recommendations, please share!) before jumping in with both feet. As such, I saved the seeds from a variety of flowers that I planted throughout the garden to attract our friends the pollinators. This was supposed to be pretty easy:
- Cut dead flower heads from plants
- Dry thoroughly
- Remove excess biomass and store seeds in a cool, dry place
Easy as cake.
Wellll. As it so happens I sort of stopped at step 1 last fall. It was a totally crazy time and I didn’t have any means to package my dried seeds. So, they sat there waiting for me to return – much to my surprise and delight. All I had to bag them up and bring em’ home. Hopefully, most will germinate. If they do, I won’t have to purchase cosmo, zinnia, nasturtium, calendula (yellow or orange) or marigold seeds. Woohoo! I will do a seed viability test today and see how it goes.
Should my success be true, I will most certainly expand to vegetables this year. Keep your fingers crossed for me and share any seed saving tips you may have.