Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seed Saving


All the beautiful flowers planted around the property, and previously pictured on my blog, have come to full term.  These dry flowers are taken from the plant, and placed in brown lunch bags.  The bags are then placed in a dry dark location to make sure the flower dries completely before retrieving the seeds.   

I have 7 brown bags of dead flowers to go through and harvest seeds for planting on the property next year and the year after.

Each bag will be gone through to retrieve all the seeds.  The seeds will then be placed in a clear bag with the name of the flower type, month and year, and then placed in seed storage (cool, dry, and dark location) until time to start planting again come spring. 

Bags to go through and petals removed from seed pod.


Seeds Retrieved.
Packing Seeds Up.



I try to save all plant seeds (flower, vegetable, and fruit).  Do you save your seeds?

15 comments:

  1. We save all kinds of seeds of course. The hardest I have found to save are the Tobacco plants though because they are so small.

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    1. PP,

      I know those tobacco seeds are so small you can barely see them.

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  2. Hey Sandy,

    I cut a cantalope a couple of weeks ago, cleaned and dried the seeds, now I am saving them for next spring. I also harvested seeds from 3 sunflowers that the deer missed, got those dried and saving them as well...

    Hope you guys are having a good week..ours has been busy.. hugs to you guys

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    1. JUGM,

      Cantaloup seeds are great to save for growing next season. Deer don't miss much when it comes to your garden.
      The week is going by fast because we've been busy.
      Hugs to you and yours.

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  3. Great idea and great savings too!
    I do have bags of flower seeds I've collected from the Yukon still.

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    1. Kimberly,

      It sure is a great savings. We collect all kinds of seeds including vegetable and fruit.
      Your next home will have beautiful flowers from the Yukon. You'll need to post pictures on your blog.

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  4. Nope, I don't save any seeds because I haven't grown any plants, but it sounds like a good idea. Then you wouldn't have to go buy flowers from a nursery every spring.

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    1. Harry,

      So true my friend. I also save my garden seeds from harvests to make it so much easier for future gardens.

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  5. I usually let the plant reseed itself but I have saved some to share.

    How's your pink cone flower seeds? Need some?

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    1. Gail,

      I have all kinds of pink cone seeds, thank you for offering.
      Once I finish with these remaining 5 bags, I have other bags from the vegetable garden to go through and package correctly.

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  6. Sweet Sandy - i swear i left you a long-*ssed comment here yesterday and i just refreshed and it isn't here???? dang nabbit.

    anyway - yes - we love saving seeds and let our best plants go to seed in order to have seeds for the following year. we do like you do - let the seeds dry, gather them in paper bags and then during autumn we have terrible fun sorting all of the seeds - bahahhah! no we really do have fun! and as we learn more each year, it means buying less seeds and that means savings plus great food!

    great post gurl! much love to you and yours, always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. ok i just refreshed to make sure my comment came up and it did!

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    2. Sweet Kymber,

      I hate it when Blogger does that!!!

      Because it was so hot out and these bags of flower tops were dry, I figured I would get a head start on preparing my seeds.
      I prefer getting my seeds this way than having to purchase seeds at the garden store.
      Love and hugs to you and Jam.
      Sandy

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  7. Good job! I can imagine how therapeutic that would be to work with the dried flowers and gather seeds.

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    1. Michaele,

      Thank you! It's very therapeutic and smells divine. I'm going to use the dry peddles for potpourri. I love preparing my seeds for the next planting.

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