Wednesday, July 18, 2018

19 Sep

How to Save Vegetable Seeds!

Save vegetable seeds and in turn you’ll save money! In the process you’ll become more self-sufficient and can even create new varieties of vegetables perfect for your garden.

Once sown vegetable seeds germinate quickly, and after time it can generate better crops because the saved seeds will adapt to the conditions in your garden or vegetable plot. Seeds are easily dropped from commercial seed lists, so keep your favourite varieties alive by collecting their seeds!

The simplest veg to grow from seeds are those where the part you eat is the part that produces the seed. Peas, tomatoes, lettuce and radish are easy to grow from seed and if you save seeds from your top plants, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Leave the seed on the plant to mature fully – when pods are papery dry and fruit fully ripe start collecting! Collect seeds from a range of plants, not just one for best results. Once collected and fully dried out, place your seeds in paper bags in cool, dry conditions. Keep for as long as shop bought seeds and they should be able to germinate for up to three years.

The easiest veg seeds to save are - 

  • Tomatoes - brilliant for seeds because they don’t cross pollinate. The fruit must be completely ripe before picking them! Cut the tomato and scoop the seeds from the centre, place them on a paper towel to dry them out.
  • Salad Rocket – leave some plants from an early sowing to flower and the long pods go brown. Then harvest the pods by shaking the stalks into a paper bag on a dry day.
  • Peas - Peas, like tomatoes rarely cross pollinate. Leave pods on the plants until they are papery and brown, then pick them and leave them to dry. Shell seeds, paying close attention in case any are damaged.
  • French Beans - Follow the above instructions for shelling and drying.

While harvesting your delicious allotment vegetables this year, think forward to next season and save some seeds from your healthiest plants. Seeds are the perfect way to save money and get another stock of your favourite vegetables!

If you fancy growing different vegetables from seed, why not see if your friends, family or neighbours want to get involved with collecting seed too. Seed swapping is a brilliant, efficient way to save money and get fantastic new crops year after year. You’ll soon build up a valuable seed bank!


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