As a novice seed saver there is loads to learn, and the way I learn is through experience.
Sometimes that experience is roughly planned and roughly as predicted, other times it seems to involve Sod’s Law. After a couple of recent days of “discoveries” I started to think about what you need to do to be successful or what to realise can go wrong ~
- If you don’t live alone, an understanding partner / family. Who is prepared to live with things drying, bowls of seed heads and seeds, borders that might not necessarily conform or look their best
- Lots of bowls. To either finish drying seeds off or to empty seed pods in
- Ditto jam jars for cleaning and saving tomato seeds
- Netting to keep Pigeons off your drying peas
- Patience – you keep your eye on plants to be ready to pick
- The fact that out of a row of plants the one you want to save will be in the middle of the row
- When you think you have managed to pollinate, by hand, a particular plant, it’s worked, and you have saved the seeds, then next year when it’s started growing you realise that your precious seeds have been cross-pollinated, and not what you expected, yes I’m talking about you Little Gem Rolet.
This is no doubt an on-going list