Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Saving Seeds #1

As they say there is a first time for everything. So as my first gardening year begins to wrap up I thought what was the next step in my frugal lifestyle. Actually it came to me as I walked past where my peas used to be.

Right there on the ground was a full yet dry and shriveled pea pod. I was about to throw it in the compost when I realized the dry peas looked exactly like the peas I had planted in the spring. So as a test I took them out of the pod and replanted them. 5 days later I had pea shoots coming up and the new step in frugality was born! The best part is I received the original peas from a neighbor.

I guess this is a good time to go over the disclaimer. I have no idea what I will get out of these peas. I do not know if they are heirloom or hybrid. All I know is as I write this I have 5 small pea shoots growing in my small raised bed. Disclaimer # 2 I am by no means an expert gardener, this is trial and error but by my triumphs and failures you might be able to achieve better results than me.

Getting Started

Here is my next step Cherry tomato seeds. I originally bought these seed in the garden area at Walmart. I assume these will not produce the same type or flavor of fruit, if they produce at all. I will plant these next year as well as buy some new heirloom type. I am also try to save the seeds from a Roma tomato that I received in trade from a friend for a spaghetti squash.

So far I have squished the tomatoes into a cup.
(I am partially following the steps sunset.com but didn't have enough tomatoes to half fill the cups as stated)

I have added water to the cup and then strained through a paper towel. I then let it dry for 24hrs

 Then I picked the seeds of the dry paper towel and placing on a plate.

I am planning to plant these seeds, and any new tomato types I can get my hands on, around the April 1, 2016.

You will need to come back now and then to see how my experiment is going and what other seeds I am going to try to save.

Don't forget to "Sweat the small stuff" and the rest will take care of it self!

Do you have a story you want to tell, leave me a comment, I would love to hear about it!

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