project seed saving

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.

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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:

  1. Cut dead flower heads from plants
  2. Dry thoroughly
  3. Remove excess biomass and store seeds in a cool, dry place

Easy as cake.  

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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. 

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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.

Happy gardening!

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2 thoughts on “project seed saving

  1. Oh my! I am so glad as I read on to realize that photo was only dried flower heads. At first glance it ooked like dead, shriveled spiders. I was expecting an insect horror story! Haha. Good luck with your Spring crop.

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