Did you grow some incredible vegetables or flowers in your Tarter raised bed planter? Would you love to be able to enjoy the same plants next year? Seed saving could be for you!
Seed saving is easy, rewarding, and can help you become even more self-sufficient. Here are some easy tips to help you get started.
Research and learn about the different types of seeds. It is very important that you know the difference.
Only save seeds from open pollinated plants. Open pollinated plants are self-pollinating, these plants will produce offspring that are the same as they are and do not need other insects or plants to pollinate. Heirloom plants are open pollinated and make an excellent choice for seed saving.
Pick your seeds from the best of the best! Traits from your plants will be shared, so you need to make sure they are good ones. Choose from your healthiest, best producing plants.
Allow your plants time to fully mature before collecting seeds. The seeds need to be really good and ripe, too ripe to eat. Doing this will give the seeds time to collect all the nourishment needed from it’s parent plant.
Your seeds must be completely dry before you save them! After they have dried, place them in a paper envelope or paper bag. Store them in a cool, dry place.
Tomatoes, beans, peppers, marigolds, zinnias, and sunflowers are all good choices for seed saving.
Save a lot of seeds, label your envelope and bags, and be sure to share with your friends and family.