Another way to store seed is in a squash 3 important considerations 1️⃣ I’m obviously not saying to put seed in a squash for better storage. The insides of fresh squash are pretty moist environments and generally horrible as seed storage containers. But if you haven’t extracted your squash seed yet, no big problem. It … More Another way to store seed is in a squash
Chufa nuts. Earth Almonds. Tiger Nuts. Good old Cyperus esculentus. Should I even be talking about this for #seedsavingformarketgrowers? We don’t actually grow any Chufa for our CSA baskets. Though at times I have been surprised at the yield and wondered if we could make it work. (Still not curious enough to actually propose it … More Are Chufa Nuts For Market Growers?
Screens – they are a seed saver’s best friends. And they can be pretty easy to make. These screens are made with ¼” hardware cloth sandwiched between pieces of 1×2. The frames have the same dimensions as the rubbermaid bin. That isn’t an accident. If you’re going to make your own seed screens, start by … More Screens – A Seed Saver’s Best Friend
Dill and Cilantro just want to go to the seed. But does that make them great candidates for #seedsavingformarketgrowers? For a home garden – I think it’s a definite YES (Unless they’ve already self seeded so effectively that you never have to buy or save seed again!) I have a few reservations recommending saving Dill … More Dill and Cilantro just want to go to the seed.
I was going to write up Celosia seed for #seedsavingformarketgrowers but then I realised I wasn’t sure how much Celosia crosses with other Celosia. I’ve been growing the same mixed up population for years and years. So I don’t know whether I’m seeing new crosses or just the same old crosses doing their thing. I … More Are Celosias Crossers?
Is corn a good fit for #seedsavingformarketgrowers? If you’re growing an open pollinated variety (and not an F1 hybrid) and if you have a strategy to manage cross pollination, then the answer is YES! That is assuming you’re even growing corn for your market garden. (Corn’s $ per bedfoot might not make it the most … More Saving Corn Seed In Your Market Garden
General rules for saving cut flower seeds. 1️⃣ Don’t pick all the blooms. Forget a few for a while. 2️⃣ Go back later to the forgotten blooms. Are they all dried up? Yes ➡️ Go to #3. No ➡️ Repeat #2 until flowers are all dried up 3️⃣ Get seeds … More General rules for saving cut flower seeds
Are sunflowers good for #seedsavingformarketgrowers? 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 There’s the squirrels, the birds, and the children tearing up those mature heads to get the seeds. But you can work your way around that by covering the flowers once they start to set seeds with onion bags. You can also cut the seed heads and set them to … More Can Market Growers Save Their Sunflower Seeds?
If you’ve still got tomatoes in your field and you know they aren’t hybrids, there’s still time for #seedsavingformarketgrowers The process is simple Scoop out the tomato insides into a container. Let ferment for 2-6 days. It’s time to stop when the seeds precipitate to the bottom of the jar. (Read How Long Should You … More 6 Steps To Save Tomato Seeds
Love in the mist – what an aptly named plant – whimsical wispy mist leaves surroundings a lovely seed pod. Like something from another planet. I came upon Nigella damascena when I apprenticed at Orchard Hill Farm. I’d been saving vegetable and herb seeds for a few years. But had done little with cut flower … More Love In The Mist