With the summer garden coming to an end the next stage is beginning. This involves alot of pulling out of old plants, composting and manuring, and re-planting the beds with winter vege.
Before all that happens though, there is a last ditch effort on summers part to donate a little of itself to the future.
Seed collecting in many ways is as easy as pie, especially with fruit and vege plants. For the most part it’s the edible seed pods we encourage from our edible gardens, so there is almost always seed available to harvest, dry and store until the time is right to plant again.
Nasturtium seeds are large, bulbous, prolific, and easy to photograph (and collect). Most seeds are easy to collect and dry for storage. Take them away from moisture. That includes any moisture trapped around them, like the slimey, jelly stuff around tomato seeds. Once that’s cleared the seeds will dry on there own as long as they aren’t touching one another, and if kept in a fairly dry atmosphere (hot water cylinder cupboard, top of fridge, warm/sunny windowsill, etc).
Some seeds of course, just dry on there own, like nasturtiums, and peas, and beans. After that, it’s just a matter of storing them which is what I’m using my wallpaper envelopes for with a little note inside telling me what seeds they in there.
Other things can be stored in jars like peas and beans. My bean jar has grown a little since last week, already!
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