Seed to Seed last spring, I realized that jumping head-first into seed saving was not going to work for me. A lot of plants (like everything in the squash family for instance) will cross pollinate with each other, creating seeds that will produce hybrids, or "mutts" if you will. Most of the time, these randomly crossed seeds will not produce the particular fruit that one would expect of hope for, and so saving seeds from your garden zucchini will not necessary produce zucchini fruits if planted next year. Basically, for many plants, saving seeds properly takes a lot of space, time and technique, none of which I currently have.
However, some plants are super easy to save seeds from, like snow peas. So while I decided that trying to save seed from everything I plant was not feasible, saving seeds from the easy-savers was something I wanted to try.
So, last week, Finn and I had our first attempt at saving seeds from our garden. We made sure to leave some of our snow peas unpicked and waiting for them to turn brown and die. Then we just shelled the peas and put them in a jar. Viola! Seeds for next year.
My only problem was that once we popped open the shells, some of them had peas that still had some green color to them, which means they must still have moisture in them. So,... I am letting the jar sit without a lid for now, and am hoping they will all turn brown eventually?? Once everything is brown with no moisture left, I will lid the jar and put in a dark, cool spot. However, I really have no idea is those green one will turn brown without rotting, or if I should remove them from my stash. Maybe some of you more experienced seed savers could lend a hand.....?
Have you saved seeds before? What kinds?
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