I am kind of new to this fun occupation of seed saving, so I needed to find out more information. Whilst we were visiting St Erth on Saturday, Kim said that Ben wanted to buy me a book for Fathers day. We looked through the selection, of which I had read many, by borrowing from the library, but this one book kind of jumped out at me, because it was something I just absolutely needed to learn. Ben gave me the book, early on Sunday morning.
Seed saving is a skill that will most certainly help us survive in whatever the future may bring. Anyway, the book is the “Seed Savers’ Handbook” by Michel and Jude Fanton.
Veggie Gnome says
Ah, there is no turning back now. You are hooked! Welcome to the club. 🙂 It is great fun and very rewarding. You will also have fun swapping seeds with fellow gardeners. There are some amazing seeds out there and everyone is only too happy to share their seeds. 🙂
Hi Gavin, glad you enjoyed Sunday. Reading this post it occured to me that you would thoroughly enjoy Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. If I wasn’t loaning it to about ten people I would send it down to you.
The self seeding and saving of seeds seems that you have become very good at it. Me I still often pull seedlings out thinking they are weeds. 🙂
I also love the purple peas they are as you describe so easy to save. I love knowing that my seeds are going to go on and on. Arrgh Monsanto!
As I read your post I was muching on some very delicious snow peas – my very first harvest from my own veggie patch. I’ve left a few pods on to harden up for next year too. I’m curious as to if seeds can be successfully saved from plants grown from the seeds available in garden centres – ever tried it?
well done! reading your blog always makes me feel happy. and spring is glorious in sydney too.
Gavin, I ONLY got volunteer pumpkins to grow last year (I have a feeling rats found all my seeds), and they were a cross between Jap/Kent and Butternut. They seem to be keeping well.
Seed saving is addictive… you have been warned!
@ VG, I feel like I have the cradle of life in my hands. It is an amazing feeling, and hope to meet other locals to swap with.
@ Rose, I will have to track that book down. I can try and get the local library to order it in.
@ Aussiemade. Kim made that mistake the first year. I kind of let her help in the patch and before I knew it I lost a whole row of wom bok.
@ Puff. Only some of the nursery veggie seedlings are marked correctly. Many will not label if it is an F1 Hybrid which you cannot save seed from. Best to by from a reputable seed club in the first place would be my feeling.
@Lyrebird. Thanks, Kate. Hope your spring planting goes well!
@ Chookie. I bet they still taste great though. I am already addicted, so you are preaching to the converted!