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Seed Saving – Seed & Weed Wednesdays

Sadly, garden season is coming to a close here in New England. But there is still time to do some seed saving in anticipation of next year’s garden. Seed saving is an important skill for food sovereignty and self reliance. You don’t need any tools other than envelopes, a pen, and a cool, dry place to store them (a fridge works just fine!) With seed saving, you want to choose from the strongest producing plants in your garden this year to hopefully replicate your results next year.

For Beginners

If this is new to you, start with easy plants such as peppers, tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, and squash. Allow the fruit you want to use the seeds from to mature beyond the stage you would normally harvest for eating. When we harvest for eating, we tend to prefer the seeds to be tender for a more pleasant texture. For planting, however, we want those seeds to be fully developed with a hearty shell. For our examples, we chose a pepper that was beginning to wrinkle.

Wrinkled Pepper for Seed Saving
Wrinkled Pepper for Seed Saving

Simple Steps for Seed Saving

  1. Choose the fruit from your best plants. Harvest when over-ripe
  2. Cut into your fruit/vegetable
Cutting Pepper
Cut Into the Pepper
half cut pepper
Inside the Pepper

3. Remove Seeds

pepper seeds
Pepper seeds

4. Place seeds on a paper towel. Discard (compost) any damaged seeds

Pepper seeds on paper towel
Pepper Seeds in single layer on paper towel

5. Keep the seeds in a dry, dark area for about a week. Flip them over to dry both sides midweek.

6. Once fully dry, place seeds in a seed envelope and label it with the date and type of seed along with any other information you want to add (where it was planted, any special feeding schedules, etc)

seed envelope
Seed envelope for storing next season’s seeds

7. Store in a cool. dry space until the next growing season.

Do you have an abundance of seeds? Did you know that we have a seed library at the Garden of Gratitude?

seed library
Seed Library built by our From The Ground UP leaders

Anyone can come take what seeds they need, and if you have extra seeds to share, we would appreciate you leaving some as well! This is a great way to share in the abundance and create a food sovereign community.

With Love and Gratitude,