Post by hollyberrylady08 on Dec 3, 2008 22:19:58 GMT -6
I only use the paper towel method for my tomato seeds, because they are so slimy and difficult to work with. The fact that they stick to the paper towel, makes it easy to just tear a piece off. I love this method! - but only for tomato seeds. My seeds germinate reliably, every single time. I just like how easy it is. All my other seeds are dried on small plates, in the sun. Thanks for all the great tips.[/glow]
The important thing is to save the seed how ever you do it. Tomatoes will seed them selves down in the garden and come up. I have had loads of volunteer tomatoes. I seed starter pans/trays of tomatoes and then set in big things and grow to plant. It matters to how many seed you are saving. Few are harder to get to ferment okay. they dry out fast and you do have to watch it. I do not know how many thousand seed you save per year. 1000's fit in a snack bag and then I sort my seed to type and they get set into a gallon bags of that type. ie: large red, long tomatoes and small tomatoes anc colored tomatoes and such. When I started seeding the main crop red goes in first and I just grab the bag and Have all those in snack bags in the big bag. I take to the starting trays and ready to seed. I make rows in the soil and just can drop them in. I am seeding for days it seems. Main crop and the ones I do a few of just small pots for them to start it. I am sure my system is not the best to be done but what I do and works for me. Any bought seed goes in the gall bag to type so ready to plant when time comes. I got tired digging through boxes and such.
Post by hollyberrylady08 on Dec 4, 2008 10:50:14 GMT -6
Well there are numerous ways to dry your seeds, but if it works for you, and you like it, then that's what counts. If your seeds germinate, with no problems, then all the power to you. I find that seeds are forgiving little beings, with a will to survive, so we don't have to worry too much about failing. Thanks for all the great input.[/glow]
Post by Pharmer Phil on Dec 4, 2008 18:21:20 GMT -6
I believe I have used about every method of saving seed from time to time. There are only two things that matter, that, you do save seed..and that you share the seed, thereby keeping the heritage alive.
Post by hollyberrylady08 on Dec 5, 2008 12:56:30 GMT -6
I love to share my seeds! It is one of the most important things to me. I supply my whole family with seeds for their gardens. I order seeds from several different companies across Canada and the USA, each year. Too many for me to possibly use, so I share with friends and family.
I always continue to collect, and dry seeds from the plants I grow too, and pass them on! This is what is intended with seeds, and I love to participate in it wholeheartedly.[/glow]