Tuesday, June 19, 2018

17 Sep

How to Save Veg Seed!

September is the perfect month to harvest your garden and allotment veg. While harvesting, think forward to next year and save some seeds from your healthiest plants. Seeds are the perfect way to save money and get another stock of your favourite vegetables!

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 before collecting and collect from a range of plants, not just one.

Here are the easiest vegetable seeds to collect and sow…

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are brilliant for seeds because they do not cross pollinate. Wait until the fruit is completely ripe before picking. Simply cut the tomato in half and scoop the seeds out from the centre, place them on a paper towel and let them dry out.

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.

Salad Rocket

Leave as many plants as you want from an early sowing to flower. Let the long green seed pods turn brown and then harvest by shaking the stalks into a paper bag on a dry day.

You’ll soon build up your own seed bank, most seeds will keep for up to three years so you don’t have to worry about using them at the first opportunity.

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