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Seed Saving Circle?

Discussion in 'Resource Conservation - Water, Air, Earth, Etc.' started by DrakeMaiden, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Mar 20, 2010
    gettinaclue

    gettinaclue Almost Self-Reliant

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    I'll need to learn how to save my seeds first...but I'm in.
     
  2. Mar 20, 2010
    sylvie

    sylvie Recycled Spunk

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    I'm in, although I will need to see what I can offer in fall.

    In addition, many of my root crops are biennials so I'll keep those in mind for 2011.
    I do have loads of herbs and could let some go to seed this year like German Chamomile, Winter Savory, Lovage and Beebalm, for sure.
     
  3. Apr 17, 2010
    chipmunk

    chipmunk Lovin' The Homestead

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    Me too! Of course, that's assuming my garden is successful this year. I got some heirloom seeds from Baker's, and am pretty excited to see if I can be successful at all this.

    Maybe we can get a thread going this summer about how to save seeds, so we can all have stuff to share this fall?
     
  4. Apr 17, 2010
    Iceblink

    Iceblink Maa Maa Mama

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    Ooh, I'm definitely in. So far I have only saved easy seeds, like watermelon, peppers, beans and peas. I tried the ferment method for cucumber seeds last year, but the fruit flies got so bad I threw the whole gloppy mess in the compost pile. I do plan on trying again next year though.
     
  5. May 11, 2010
    Pirtykitty

    Pirtykitty Lovin' The Homestead

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    Count me in please.. Wifezella, I have the black cherry tomato seeds if you'd like some.. I have been growing them now for about 4 years.. They are great..
     
  6. May 11, 2010
    Wifezilla

    Wifezilla No-Carb Queen

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    I didn't plant all mine and still have some left. I will try and save some seeds from my tomatoes but it will be hard not to eat them all :D

    Right now I am letting some of my bok pak choy go to seed.
     
  7. May 12, 2010
    mrs.puff

    mrs.puff Lovin' The Homestead

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    I am in. Another thing we could do is share brand new seeds that we have bought. For example, one pack of seeds often has more than I need for one year (and even two years), so we could share those with each other.

    I often find that heirlooms germinate really well the first year, but not so good the second year I've had the seeds, so I feel like I'm wasting them.

    I'm okay with sharing hybrids if someone wants to also.
     
  8. May 13, 2010
    DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Sourdough Slave

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    Hey everyone! :frow It is exciting to see all the interest in this topic. :) I found a website for The International Seed Saving Institute that seems to be very informative about saving seeds, although I have yet to read through it, I thought I should pass it along. My advice is to start small, with maybe a few crops that you are particularly fond of and go from there. If you have a small garden, you may also want to limit your seed saving to plants that you eat the seed from (dry beans, tomatoes -- where seeds are in the ripe fruit, etc.) You might not want to grow out parsley seeds in a small garden if you could plant another crop in that space that would offer you more food for the season.

    Also be careful about storing the seeds. Keep them dry and cool. You may want to keep them in a jar in the refrigerator (with a desiccant is best -- those little packages that come in pill & vitamin bottles), so that if there are eggs of little seed-eating insects on them then those cannot survive in refrigerator temperatures. Have fun! :weee I'm looking forward to hearing what you all are successful at saving! :)
     
  9. May 13, 2010
    Rebecka

    Rebecka Lovin' The Homestead

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    I have this great book.. Seed to Seed. I got it off Amazon.com for less than 20bucks and its already saved me more than that!

    I am totally in! For fear of GMO's we only plant heirlooms. I expect this fall I will have LOTs of seeds to share. I know I will be looking for heirloom eggplant since I was unable to find it. Carrots and beets would rock a lot too :)

    edited to add.. : Those of you with a Seal a Meal or similar product.. your seeds will be shelf stable when dry and seal for YEARS. We have tomatoes coming up for seeds I sealed up 6 years ago :)
     
  10. May 13, 2010
    mrs.puff

    mrs.puff Lovin' The Homestead

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    I was just going to recommend Seed to Seed also, but Reb beat me to it. It's put out by the Seed Savers Exchange bunch. My local library has it. It has a LOT of info about each species of herb, vegs, some grains, and about growing and seed starting and cross pollinating.

    It's great and I suggest grabbing it if you are a seed saver.

    Thanks for the seal-a-meal tip too! Good idea!
     

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