Eggplant seed should be as easy #seedsavingformarketgrowers as tomatoes and peppers. They are selfers with crossing rates similar to peppers. (That means you will get some crossing if you don’t use isolation distances but not heavy crossing.) And again, this is one of those crops where the seed is in the vegetable part. So you … More Eggplant Seed Frustrates Me
You would think beans and peas would be a natural fit for #seedsavingformarketgrowers They are selfers and don’t cross much. They are pretty much all open pollinated, so you can easily save solid market varieties. And they are fun to shell!!! But, if you’re a market gardener, I don’t think beans and peas should be … More You Can’t Pick Your Bean And Save It Too
Lettuce is another good candidate for #seedsavingformarketgrowers It needs NO isolation distance. That’s right, lettuce is a SUPER SELFER. It is exceptional to see any crossing in lettuce. Even if the plants are grown side by side. And pretty much all the lettuce varieties you use are open pollinated. I don’t know of any hybrid … More Lettuce – The Seed Saving Super Selfer
This one is for all of you who’ve got an online farm store full of order and need to put together a harvest list to fill those orders. In this tip, we’ll see how to … Export your orders from you online store as a CSV. (This one is from Shopify – it would be similar … More FSA Tip #30 From Order CSV To Harvest List
Saving pepper seed is even easier than saving tomato seeds. As long as the fruit is nice and ripe, all you have to do is: split the pepper open, scrape out the seeds, dry those seeds on a counter, and voilà! (Plus you get the seedless peppers to eat or freeze.) But peppers also cross … More Pepper Seed Is Even Easier Than Tomato Seed!
1. You’re already growing the seed bearing part. (Those are those bits inside the ripe fruit.) Unlike onions or arugula or most other veggie crops, there are no extra steps to get to your crops to go to flower and produce mature seed. 2. Tomatoes are selfers (remember last post?) so they barely cross. It’s … More 3 Reasons Tomato Seed Is Easy To Save
Is #saveseeds on your farmer bucket list? But you’re afraid of scary old cross pollination? Depending on what you grow, you might not have to be scared of that bogeyman! There is one group of crops that barely cross pollinate at all. And those crops are called SELFERS. Selfers have hermaphroditic flowers that are wrapped … More Don’t Be Afraid Of Saving SELFER Seeds!
Technically the picture is a zucchini with sclerotinia but it was the best worst shot I had. I should take more pictures of bad lettuce for educational purposes.
You can harvest chives for seed when you start to see a few black seeds poking through the dry flowers. This is a shot of chives for seed drying in our greenhouse. On the top of the picture is our first harvest looking pretty crisp. The bottom was harvested about a week later. We got … More I thought that was enough Chive seed for the year!