Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Something I love to do is save money. I have a friend that gives me several types of squash, along with many other goodies out of is modest garden. This is one of the ways we keep the good stuff growing.
- seeds from squash
- seeds from apple
- seeds from pear
- seeds, from any plant you want to grow the next season
- The best way I have found to dry seeds that you want to grow in next years crop is to wipe them off gently with a soft towel, and place them on a brown paper bag, leaving them in a warm dry area.
- I walk by and stir them up by hand 3 or 4 times a day--just moving them around.
- When they are completely dry (sometimes I leave them up to 3 days on the bag.).
- Drying time is normally around 8 hrs to prevent molding & rotting when placed in a container for storage until planting time.
- Please note - these are from organically grown produce from people I know. They are not hybrids. I am not sure of what the result would be using seeds from unknown sources.
- I put my seeds in a ziplock sandwich bag - just make sure to LABEL EACH BAG with DATE and WHAT TYPE of seed, if it was a SPECIAL apple - made a really great pie, instead of just listing the name - such as Red Delicious, then I add a note of what it was used for, it helps me to remember that this seed is something special I want to do again.
- I do not wash the seeds, it seems to work better for us this way.
- I keep all the seeds, which can turn into a very large amount.
- I plant them all, and choose the seedlings my family will use.
- Any seedlings left over I give away.
- Our town has a large community center for people in need of life assistance. They offer groceries, clothing, house items, along with many other services.
- The center is pleased to have them, and by the end of the day the seedlings are off to a new home.
- Although we are in a large city, there are many "container gardens" everywhere. I have seen several balconies on large apartment buildings with some fine looking vegetables growing!
- Prices seem to increase on produce each year, including the seedlings & starts.
- I find it just as easy to have 90 seeds growing as 19.
- Another great trick is to re-use containers from fast food. I have several that are a solid bottom with a clear plastic top.These make great little greenhouses to put in the window sills!
- I even use the large plastic containers - trays that the family packs of meat come in from WalMart. They are GREAT for the "step 2" in growing good starter plants.
- My family constantly teases me for the large box I fill of different sizes & styles of containers during the winter months to use the next spring!
- I just filled in numbers on servings and time, as everyone will have different results.
Cherry Seed will germinate this way!!! I did it!!! Even though I will not get any cherrys out of any trees I will have the blooms!!(I live in northeast flordia) Thank You Thank You.!!
i do this too. cherry seeds cant dry out or they wont germinate you have to put them in soil in fridge .dee