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69. Seeds and The Seasons
Have you been saving seeds from your summer garden to use in the greenhouse? Maybe you are saving seeds to grow next year or possibly even swapping seeds with other gardeners. So, how do you know if your seeds are going to make it until the next season? When you are ready for the next growing season, I want to make sure that your seeds are ready as well. Letís talk about saving seeds from one season until the next from your garden.
Which seeds will you pick? Try not to pick all of the seeds off of your most precious flowers; you need to remember that your flowers need to have seeds to come back next year in the same spot where they are located now! If you take about one half the seeds you should have plenty left in the garden for your favorite flowers to come back next season. Choose the healthiest plants you to save seeds from, if you have a plant that is not so great looking you could end up saving seeds that wonít grow, or that may end up not so pretty as well.
When you think the flowers have really dried out enough, you are ready to start. The seedpods will be a dark brown and will easily fall apart when they are touched, when they are really dried out and ready to pick. On some different flowers, the heads will be drooping when the flower is drying out. If you pick your seeds way too early, you may find that they will get moldy in storage.
There is going to be a lot of pieces of stems and leaves that are collected when you are collecting seeds and you have to be careful that these donít scratch the seeds to much (or hopefully not at all) or your seeds may be ruined.
Store your seeds in a cool dry place, but not in an airtight container. They will need to keep drying out, and this process of just leaving them sit there to dry out will take a few weeks. After your seeds have dried they will be hard, not soft and bendy like they were when you first picked them. After the seeds are truly dry you can store them in an airtight container until you are ready to use them. Donít forget to label your seeds!
When you are storing seeds, even after they are dried out, you should place them in a cool dry place and if you have the space you can even store them in your fridge! You might be surprised, but if you have dried out your seeds thoroughly you can use these seeds for two or three years!
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