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Monday, August 13, 2012

Necessary Equipment for Seed Collecting

T'is that time of year when we need to face facts. Summer is coming to a close...at least for some of our beloved plants which means they are going to seed. That means we need to gather those seeds--unless you wish the wind to direct your garden plans for the following year. We shall require expensive and complicated equipment for such a delicate procedure...or maybe not.
Sweet Williams gone to seed


It is usually while touring the garden or doing some weeding when I come upon a plant whose seeds are ready for the picking. Like this here Sweet William. I was just passing by, minding my own business, when it screamed to me--okay I exaggerate. It was more like a whisper-- "Hey, you! I got something for you," it clearly said.

What's that? Your plants don't talk to you? Blimey, must be very boring for you. Perhaps you're not offering them stimulating conversation? Just saying, is all...


Anyway, I noticed straight away that they did indeed have something for me...ripe seeds! Yay! So, I took out my most valuable and readily available seed collecting item I have--yes, my hand-- and I tipped over the spent flowers and there you are! Seeds, ready to plant, ready to store and ready to give away.



Of course, I hope you know I can't keep them in my hand forever. How else will I be able to collect all the other seeds I have to collect??? I only have two hands! Thus, comes in my vast collection of containers quite handy.

As I collect more seeds I place them in these containers and store them away,  safe and sound. The bigger containers I use to collect whole seed heads when the seeds are of a more difficult nature to collect/ extract or when I have no time to do the delicate winnowing right then and there.

And you thought I was a pack rat for nothing...tsk-tsk....


 For those times when I don't have a huge quantity of seeds or the seeds themselves are ity-bity, I do like to use up those extra envelopes we always end up with after paying the bills. They are my preferred seed storage container if truth be told, because they are, #1- biodegradable, #2- allow the seeds to breathe so they don't get moldy, #3- you can write the name of the seeds collected very easily on them--Some plastic containers just don't take to markers or pens,  #4- they store nicely in my seed boxes and #5- they are easily concealed  in a pocket or purse for just those times when pilferring is a probability.

Thus, you have a list of the necessary equipment you'll need for proper seed collecting and storage. Get going!



4 comments:

  1. we just started saving our veggie seeds this year. We didn't know what we were doing and just saved the tomatoe seeds by letting them dry out. NOW we know you have to let the seed gook sit in a glass jar for 2 days, then strain the liquid out. Then let the seeds soak in water for 2 days, and the ones that rise are not viable. The ones that sit on the bottom are and can be strained and dried then. (Of course we made sure our tomatoes were grown using heirloom sees.

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    1. I usually get volunteer tomato plants from the compost pile from the spoiled tomatoes I toss in there. Talk about lazy gardening!

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  2. This is funny, Glory, we collect seeds from everything in sight when possible. GREAT point keeping them in paper envelopes--they dry properly and identification is always helpful unless you like a gallon of mixed seeds of all description--a.k.a. "wildflower seeds".
    You might also delve into the possibility of heritage seeds from veggies, tomatoes, etc--we came across a heritage tomato called "Sophie's choice" which is a lovely tomato.--early, prolific, and on a compact plant. Just sayin'.... ":)

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    1. We call those heirloom seeds and yes, they are great to have! Gotta get me some of those.

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