Saving Seeds from Your Garden

 


Article by: Kathy Anderson

For many gardeners, the garden , Landscaping Your Patio actually begins in January when the first seed , Choosing Gardening Tools catalog arrives in the mailbox. While the cold , Transplanting Trees wind howls outside, , Give Your Plants the Finger we retire to a cozy chair , Taming Your Outdoors and leaf through the catalog, carefully notating which varieties of lettuce and tomatoes , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home to try and wishing we had the space to plant , Spring Wedding Flowers each and every flower , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment so artfully displayed on its pages.

But have you ever wondered where your great-grandparents acquired the seeds , Patio Swing Covers for their gardens, , Ferns as Indoor Plants before there were seed , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management catalogs and fancy garden , The Many Faces of a Fence centers?

They saved seeds , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth for the next year from their own gardens! , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your

Saving seeds , Moss on Lawns from your own flowers , s, An Annual Event or vegetables , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond is a wonderful way to fully experience the cycle of plant , Choosing Gardening Tools growth. It's also much less expensive than buying seeds , Birch Leaf Miner each spring, , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend and seeds , Feng Shui in the Garden saved from your plants , 5 Backyard Patio Ideas will be well suited to the peculiarities of your own garden's growing , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend conditions. Not only that, it's also quite a simple process.

Save seeds , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden only from vigorous, healthy , Understanding Houseplants plants. Some plant , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own diseases may be harbored in the seed , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment where it will then be passed on to the next generation of plants. , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden So don't save seeds , Landscaping Your Patio from a plant , Moss on Lawns that is obviously diseased or has struggled all season. , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home Collect seeds , Creating Low Maintenance Gardens from the plants , Understanding Houses that have the characteristics you desire, such as height, hardiness, early or late ripening, flavor or vigor.

It is not recommended to save seeds , Understanding Houseplants from hybrid plants. , Understanding Houses Hybrids are the result of crossing two genetically different parent plants, , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own both of which have been severely inbred to concentrate the desirable characteristics. The first generation, referred to as an F1 hybrid, is superior to the parents. But succeeding generations of plants , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth grown from seed , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend saved from an F1 plant , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier tend to randomly revert to the characteristics of the original inbred ancestor plants. , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First It

Plants that are not hybrids are referred to as open pollinated. Many seed , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond catalogs will identify which of their seeds , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth are hybrids or open pollinated. If you intend to save , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend your own seed, , Flowers, An Annual Event always start with open pollinated seeds. , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden Some of these may also be identified as heirloom seeds. , Water Gardens These heirloom varieties have been passed down for generations, often saved within one family for many years before becoming available to the general public.

Cross pollination is another concern for the seed-saving gardener. Cross pollination often results in seeds , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend which have a different genetic makeup than that of the parent plant. , Water Gardens Pumpkins, squash and small gourds may cross pollinate with each other, resulting in seeds , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space that will grow , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It to produce rather picturesque fruit. , Landscaping Your Patio Sweet corn , Feng Shui in the Garden will cross pollinate with field corn , Backyard Landscape Plan - Think About Your Family's Lifestyle First or popcorn, and your 6-inch marigolds will cross with your neighbor's 18-inch pompon marigolds. However, crossing will only occur within a species. Cucumbers won't cross with squash, and cosmos won't cross with pansies.

To avoid cross pollination, keep two varieties of the same species separated by as much space as possible. Some species, such as corn, , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home are wind-pollinated and the pollen can travel great distances. These plants , Flowers, An Annual Event must be pollinated by hand and kept isolated from other varieties of their species. This can be done with corn, , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home for example, by tying a small paper bag over selected ears before the silk emerges, then once the silk has appeared it is hand pollinated with pollen from the same plant , Transing Trees or its healthy , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier neighbors.

Seeds should be collected on a dry, sunny day. Frost doesn't hurt most seed , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC as long as the seed , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos remains dry. Vegetables , Taming Your Outdoors such as cucumbers, peppers , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? and tomatoes , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden should be allowed to become slightly overripe before their seeds , Understanding Houseplants are collected. Flower , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier seeds and vegetable seed , Transplanting Trees such as lettuce should be collected after the seedheads have become dry, but don't wait too long, as many will shatter, meaning they'll be dropped from the seedpod or seedhead if they remain on the plant , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment too long.

Cucumber, squash and tomato seeds , Tea’s Important Role in Reducing Disease need an additional step before they are ready for storage. First the seeds , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond must be separated from the pulp, then dried. Scoop the seeds , Ferns as Indoor Plants from these vegetables, , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home pulp and all. Place , Tea’s Important Role in Reducing Disease the whole mess in a container of water , 5 Backyard Patio Ideas and give it a good stir, then let it settle a bit. The pulp will rise to the top while the seeds , Ferns as Indoor Plants will sink to the bottom. Carefully pour off the pulp, and repeat the process until most of the pulp has been poured off. Then strain out the seeds , Water Gardens and set them on newspapers to dry.

Seeds should go into storage as dry as possible. Give all seed , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos a post-harvest drying period of at least a week, just to be sure they're dry. Spread them out on a paper plate or newspapers in a warm area out of the sun , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth while they dry.

It's very important to keep the seed , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home dry during storage. Store your dry seeds , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier in tightly sealed jars, metal , Feng Shui in the Garden film containers, or old vitamin bottles. To save , Riding Lawn Mowers space, smaller quantities of several varieties of seeds , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment can be stored in separate envelopes inside , Ferns as Indoor Plants a jar. A cool, but never freezing, garage, , Starting with a Water Garden closed-off spare room , The Coliseum Is One Of The Best Complete Hydroponic Systems On The Market or cool basement , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend can all be good places , The Many Faces of a Fence for storing seeds. , The Truth About MTD Snow Blowers Or simply keep your sealed jars of seeds , Home and Garden Decor Needs in the refrigerator. Temperatures , 5 Backyard Patio Ideas between 32 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal.

Be sure to label your jars and envelopes so when spring , The Coliseum Is One Of The Best Complete Hydroponic Systems On The Market comes around again you'll know which flower , Backyard Landscape Plan - Think About Your Family's Lifestyle First seeds and vegetable seeds , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own you're planting, and include the date the seeds , Feng Shui in the Garden were collected. Some seeds , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management will remain viable for several years, but most will grow , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment best if planted right away the following spring. , Transplanting Trees

Try saving some vegetable , Feng Shui in the Garden or flower , Guaranteed Gladioli, Summer Colour that Returns seeds from your garden , The Truth About MTD Snow Blowers this year and grow , Guaranteed Gladioli, Summer Colour that Returns them next season. , Home and Garden Decor Needs This endless cycle can allow you to realize the endless joy of gardening , Backyard Landscape Plan - Think About Your Family's Lifestyle First through all the seasons , Give Your Plants the Finger and all the stages of a plant's life.
Kathy Anderson has been an avid gardener for many years and has grown tomatoes , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond by the acre, along with many other vegetables, , Popular Adirondack Chairs - Everything You Need To Know flowers , Choosing Gardening Tools and landscape , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos plants. Kathy recommends http://www.freeplants.com as a great place , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos to learn more about gardening. , The Protea Family (Proteaceae) Article provided by http://gardening-articles.com.

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