Ulog 143: Seed Saving Resources

The time of year is upon us here in the northern hemisphere. Seed harvesting time! This is when gardeners are frantically harvesting their bounty for preserving as well as beginning the seed saving tradition.

Over the last few years, as my gardening, homesteading and self-sufficiency goals have grown, I had been purchasing seeds to get my gardens going. But now, I have such a variety of seeds that I have found my favorites and am in the process of building my stock of seeds.

Most of the seeds I harvest from my existing gardens now.

This is the book recommended by Living Traditions Homestead on YouTube where I learned about harvesting eggplant seeds the easy way; and did a post about the process last week.

One thing I can say for sure, not all seeds are harvested the same way.

This book offers up some good tips when harvesting seeds. Which I am grateful for.

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There are many herbs, flowers and plants that have tiny seeds (ie. feverfew) and if I didn't research where to find them, would I know?

Sure I have the internet (and one of my favorite gardening websites Gardening Know How, but sometimes it's best to have a book in hand when needing to read and learn about plants and other garden items.

There are specific times when it's best to harvest certain seeds too.

  • For example- when harvesting echinacea/cone flower seeds the "seed heads" need to be harvested during autumn of the second year (I didn't know the second year was the best time)
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I managed to get a few milkweed seeds this summer before they all floated away. I'm looking forward to the spring see if I can germinate them. Previous years attempts have been less than rewarding.

17.09.2019 18:28

I had the same problem (germination) with marsh mallow. I sowed in peat pods one year... and nothing. I sowed into the ground one year... and nothing. I repeated in the ground the following year... nothing. But this past year? I had an abundance of marsh mallow! I need to learn patience

17.09.2019 18:44

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17.09.2019 18:30

I need these books in my life. I have taken note 💯

Good looking out 👍👍

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18.09.2019 06:13

Thanks for the book suggestions. I will need some of those wild lettuce seeds you mentioned in another post. I had no idea what you were talking about with all those platforms though. You don't sell on homesteaders coop?

18.09.2019 19:08

Seed harvesting is not something I’ve attempted yet in my growing attempts. I just know some of the herbs I grow “bolt” in the second year aka turn bitter and produce seeds. So I’ve always treated them as a one year grow even if they survive.

19.09.2019 21:01

My coneflowers didn’t come back the second year. Now I have to start them over. I need to learn more from you!

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20.09.2019 03:23