Back in November, I showed you how to extract seeds from squash. (All it takes is an axe and vacuum cleaner.) Today let’s talk about how to dry those seeds! (I know I’ve skipped over the actual seed cleaning part but I can’t find any great pictures of our cleaning. We’ll have to wait till … More Drying Squash Seeds
Seed cleaning is a science and an art. We use box fans and home made screens to get our seeds pretty clean. We do have some fancy equipment (like the office clipper) that offer more precision. But the most precise tool we have is our fingers Yes, once we’ve gotten seed as clean as our … More The Secret To Clean Beans
Over the years we’ve accumulated a few fancy pieces of seed cleaning equipment. The one we probably use the most is the Office Clipper from A.T. Ferrell. Please note – you don’t need a machine like this to save seed! For years we only used box fans and home screens to clean seeds. With these … More Cleaning Bean Seeds With The Office Clipper
To save squash seeds, you need to first split the squash open and then scoop out the seeds. We’ve tried several ways to split and scoop. Here are some ways we split squash and how we like to extract the seeds. Alternative Splitting Techniques Over the years we’ve tried a few splitting squash open a … More Squash Seed Extraction 101
We’ve been cleaning seeds like there is no tomorrow! Basically, because we need to get out of greenhouse (where we clean seeds) and into the seed shack to get germ testing and seed packing so we’re ready to ship in December! Here are the basic steps we use for most of our seed cleaning. Dirty … More Seed Cleaning 101: Winnowing And Screening
Fermentation is a key step in extracting tomato seeds. It helps remove the gelatinous sac surround tomato seed. It controls some tomato diseases. It is also a great way to create amazing odours. But fermentation is very weather dependent. We have had batches that have taken 6 days to ferment. And batches we’ve lost in … More How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?
Last night Tourne-Sol farm was featured on the TV show Les fermiers on Unis tv! Les fermiers is a show about what it’s like to be a farmer. The show follows Jean-Martin Fortier and the crew at la Ferme des Quatre-Temps through 2 growing seasons. During this episode I walked Annie-Claude and Justine around the … More Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!
Here is a video that Ben Gable from the Real Seed Company sent me of their DIY seed cleaner: Open-Source, DIY Seed Cleaner Plans are also available on their site If you want to see more DIY seed cleaning equipment, you can view two of my previous post that include the air columns that Patrice … More The Real Seed Catalogue DIY Seed Cleaner
This post is a little late coming … On August 25th, 2010, the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) hosted a field trip to Greta’s Organic Gardens in Ottawa, Ontario. The visit was broken up into A little about Greta, A field walk, A tomato taste test, A peek inside Greta’s seed workshop, and … More Visiting Greta’s Organic Gardens
Lettuce is the other seeed crop that took me years to learn how to clean well (radishes being the first). The basics are like other dry seeded crops (thresh, screen and winnow ad nauseam) but to do a good job I’ve had to pay a lot of attention to the threshing and final screening. (If … More Cleaning Lettuce Seed