Over at the Simple Green Frugal co-op I have posted an story about how I have continued to build up my expertise regarding saving seed in the vegetable garden.
The post is titled, “Saving Vegetable Seeds“. To the more experienced gardener it may not be your cup of tea, but I certainly enjoyed writing it, as I have had fun each season of seed collection. For Father’s day this year, my daughter Amy bought me ‘The Seed Savers’ Handbook’ by Michel and Jude Fanton, founders of Australia’s Seed Savers’ Network. It is a truly magnificent book if you want to learn all there is to know about saving your own vegetable seeds. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I hope you pop on over to the co-op and learn a little bit about collecting and saving your own seeds.
Thank you for posting this. I have saved a few seeds and am looking forward to seeing if i have done it correctly. I am a beginner gardener so everything os an experiment.
You might like to try collecting seeds when the moon is waning, just past full, to get extra viability in the seeds. Also if you can factor in when the moon is in front of the constellations Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. Saturday 12th and 13th December are particularly good days for seed collection. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll blog it with a link .
Gavin, you may (probably) enjoy the company of the good people at http://alanbishop.proboards60.com/ — a group of like minded seed-savers and amateur plant-breeders. It was they who made me realise that, anytime we’re saving seed, we’re also, inadvertantly or otherwise, breeding for local adaptation!
BTW: Thanks for your Cheese series — and keep them going, please! You’ve inspired us to make the next leap, and we’re presently enjoying the fruits of our first Labneh. (Starting simple and taking it one step at a time!)