Seed Saving Time!

Posted February 24, 2014 in Herb Gardening, Landscape Design, Melbourne, Organic, Produce Gardening, Seed saving, Sustainability, Yarra Valley

It’s about this time of year when there might be a few things in your garden that you can salvage up, dry out and pop away for next year. Think of all your cucumber, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, tomato and sunflowers for instance.

This year I grew all my sunflowers from last years seed and specially planted black mustard so I could salvage the seed and use it for cooking – it’s great in Indian.

I have included some photos to show just how easy it is. With sunflowers, you will have to allow the seeds to dry out before harvesting them. Once they have dried, simply remove them from the head of the sunflower and then put them in a envelope, label it and store it in a cool, dry place. Then, hey presto! you have your very own seeds for next season and you won’t have to go to the shops to buy more!

The same goes for all your tasty summer crops too. For example, with a zucchini, simply cut it open, scoop out the seeds, remove the pulp, rinse the seeds, lay out on paper towel to dry ensuring they are not in direct sunlight or humidity. Then in a couple of days, they should be good to put in an envelope and you have  successfully seed saved for next season!

Let me know which seeds you save for next season, I was super impressed with my sunflower efforts this summer.

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