When I first started gardening, I never thought about collecting and storing seeds from the garden. Honestly, as a newbie gardener, it never occurred to me that such a thing was even possible.
After reading about other gardeners who were harvesting their own seeds, I started paying closer attention to my gardens.
So, rather than cutting back all the flowers in my garden as they faded, I left them on the plants to see which ones would form seeds.
It’s amazing that I never used to notice seed pods in my garden before.
But once you see them, you will find that they are everywhere! So many that it can be overwhelming.
Saving Seeds From the Garden
If you’ve never collected seeds from your garden before, flowers are easiest to start with.
Once the flowers start to fade on your favorite plants, leave them on the plant so they can form seeds.
Allow the flower head or seed pod to dry out completely before removing it from the plant.
Seeds are ready to harvest once the flower head or seed pod is brown and dried out.
Some seed pods may even split open, and the seeds will come out easily when the pods are disturbed.
To harvest the seeds, simply clip off the entire pod or flower head and drop it into a small plastic container or bucket. Shake the bucket or break open the flower head/seed pod to collect the seeds.
Don’t forget to label the seeds as you collect them. Seeds can be harvested as long as the weather cooperates (even in the snow).
How to Store Seeds
Spread the seeds on a paper towel, screen or newspaper and allow them to dry out completely before storing your seeds. Don’t allow seeds sit in plastic for too long, or they may get moldy.
Once the seeds are dry, you can store them in plastic or glass containers, or simply in a paper bag.
Collecting and storing seeds is fun, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to save money. You’ll be able to grow your favorite plants from year to year for free.
It’s also a fun way to experiment with growing plants from seed, and share a part of your garden with your friends.
I don’t know about you, but I will be busy over the next several weeks collecting seeds from my garden.
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Not sure how to get starting growing plants from seed, here are a few resources to help…
- Seed Starting Supplies
- Starting Seeds Indoors eBook
- Winter Sowing Seeds eBook
- Disinfecting seed flats and trays
You could also take my Seed Starting Course, a comprehensive online course that shows you exactly how to start your seeds, step-by-step!
Do you collect seeds from your garden? Tell me about it in the comments below.