Seed Saving notes and lessons learnt
As I’ve become a more experienced grower of my own fruit and vegetables I want to spread my gardening wings to seed saving. This page is all about seed saving for the home gardener.
I’ve found that much of the info out there either presumes you already have a vast knowledge about the basics of seed saving and as a result has huge gaps in information, or is highly technical and uses botanical and scientific terms which to be honest can leave me even more confused.
So I’ve put my own together, based on what I’ve learnt and articles I’ve found. I’ve garnered valuable info from the great guys at Seedy Sunday, RealSeeds, HSL, plus books such as Suzanne Ashworth “Seed to Seed” and The Seeds of Kokopelli – “a manual for the production of seeds in the family garden”.
Why should we save seeds
- Because we can!
- There are so many precious varieties out there that are, without seed savers, disappearing into the ether
- You can save seeds of varieties that do well for you in your area / garden
- It has to be a very economical way of producing seeds to grow – growing on a small scale individual basis
- It is more environmentally positive than negative
- It’s a great way of learning about the plants we grow
- You can share your excess saved seeds with friends/family/other gardeners – spreading a bit of cheer along the way
Seed Saving tips, do’s and don’ts
- Only save seed from open pollinated varieties – not F!’s
- Save seed from the best specimens
- Don’t save seed from plants that have bolted (gone to seed / flower early)
- Don’t save seed from specimens that are atypical for the variety, unless of course that is what you want to do!
- Save seeds from plants that haven’t cross pollinated
Sound advice is that when sowing seeds always assume that you will lose some to pests, disease and other factors, so it is best to sow excess.