Saving Seeds – Saving Money!

Child Tending Broken Baby SeedlingDo you own an organic garden? Are you planting your own fruits and vegetables? Do you want to know how to save up more money aside from having your very own fruits and vegetables? If so, saving up your fruits and vegetable seeds is the best way to do it!

 

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When you grow plants – be it fruits or vegetables, you become economically wise since you propagate and harvest them for your daily consumption. What’s even more amazing is that when you save up seeds, not only do you save up more money but also you can grow and produce a variety of your favorite plant species in the future. And you can be sure you are eating real organic heirloom foods and not genetically modified poison food.

Learn The Basics…

Before starting to save seeds, you should first consider when the seeds are ready and how to get them out of the fruits and vegetables. After learning those basics, you should properly dry the seeds and put them into their rightful containers.

The Secret Behind Seed Saving

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Everyone wants healthy seed for keeps. But, how can you get healthy one? Here are some tips:

  1. Vegetables such as tomatoes, squashes and melons, are fleshy; hence, their seeds should be picked up when they are fully ripe. After scooping the seeds, you should spread them out on a dry place.
  2. Beans, peas and corns are left to dry before their seeds are taken.
  3. Some fruits and vegetable have to be fully formed and meaty before gathering their seeds.
  4. Select seeds from the healthiest ones!
  5. Gather seeds from the most vigorous plants you have rather than those you just happen to see in your garden.
  6. Make sure that every seed you gather is mature enough to be saved.

Cleaning Wet And Dry Seeds

After carefully selecting and gathering your seeds, it is essential for you to clean them up and to store them properly. The methods for cleaning wet and dry seeds differ from each other.  However, cleaning dry seeds involves washing and drying them out whereas cleaning wet seeds requires a process aside from that. With that, how to clean wet seeds?

  1. Wet seeds undergo fermentation process. During this process, yeast and other microorganisms are destroyed.
  2. Wash the seeds. The seeds and the pulp are placed in a basin filled with water. Viable seeds sink under the water while those with poor quality float. Strain the seeds after stirring vigorously.
  3. Dry the seeds. Spread the seeds onto a glass or plywood surface. But do not put them into an oven or expose them under the sun.

Here is a short video about saving seeds for tomato. Please feel free to contact us to learn more, click here.

 

 

 

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