Following on from my post the other day about starting from seeds, here's the next step to cheaper veges, saving your own seeds. The advantage of saving your own seeds isn't just the money you save on seeds, it also allows you to breed plants that are more adapted to your climate and soil conditions.
|drying seeds from spaghetti squash, button squash, roma tomatoes, beans and spring onions,|
I always have lots of little trays in the kitchen waiting for the seeds to dry.
|saving seeds from a giant pickling cucumber|
Anything that forms a seed pod is extremely easy to save. I have successfully saved broccoli, mustard, beans, peas, parsley, basil, marigold and spring oinons. Seeds that are inside of fruit are more difficult to save. I haven't perfected saving tomatoes, but they grow out of the compost anyway! I have saved capsicum and pumpkin seeds. I haven't attempted corn or zucchini so far. I have silverbeet going to seed at the moment and I'm not totally sure what will happen, or when the seed will be ready (after waiting for a couple of months now!), but I am happy to wait and see.
|Broccoli seeds ready to harvest|
|waiting for this pea pod to dry out|
As I mentioned before, I have heaps of spring onion seeds and also now mini capsicum and marigold seeds, so if anyone in Australia would like me to post them some seeds, please email me at eight.acres.liz at gmail dot com. I will also soon have parsley and silver beet seeds and I still have crazy poor man's beans if you're up for the challenge of controlling them!
|Parsley seeds tied back because they were sprawling all over the place!|
|Spring onion seeds|
I have also found a website that explains how to save seeds from a number of different veges, and it has finally answered my question about the silverbeet seeds (let them dry on the stalk).
|mess silverbeet seeds! (in with everything else)|
What seeds do you save? Any tips for keeping them fresh?