How to Store Seeds for a Healthier Garden!
Seeds are the foundation of every garden, but you don’t have to buy more every year! By saving seeds from previous crops, you can build a healthier, more cost-effective garden.
The Value of Saving Seeds
There are numerous benefits to collecting seeds from your plants at the end of the growing season. By saving the seeds of your best plants, you can increase your crop yield year after year. Some years, seeds are in short supply, making it difficult to find what you need. Collecting your own will save you the money and trouble of purchasing more. The seeds from your garden will be better adapted to your environment, making them more effective at fighting off pests and enduring temperature changes.
How to Collect Seeds
With herbs like coriander and basil, the plant is ready to seed when it becomes a darker shade of green. You can collect the seeds from the base of the stem by cutting it close to the ground. Separate the seeds from the plant material and rinse them thoroughly.
For vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, you can scoop the seeds out with a spoon and rinse off any remaining pulp. Peppers are a gardener’s favorite because of how easy they are to seed. The large seeds and hallow interior make for a quick and mess-free experience!
Cucumbers present an extra step. Scoop out the innards with the seeds. Allow the mixture to sit for 2 days before rinsing. This gives it time to ferment, killing viruses and separating the good seeds from the bad. The bad seeds will float to the surface while the good ones sink to the bottom of the mixture.
Storing Your Seeds
After rinsing seeds in cool water, set them on absorbent material and allow them to dry for 24 hours or until completely dry. Do not leave seeds wet for more than a day or they will begin to germinate. Once they are dry, store them in an air-tight bag in a dark, cool area until they are ready to be planted.
Now you can save some money and grow your garden by collecting seeds. Enjoy the healthy taste of home-grown vegetables!
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