For us in the southern hemisphere it's getting to be that time of year again.
I tend to use just heritage/heirloom seeds for the veggie garden. I, personally, think they taste good and also if you buy ones that did well in your area in 'ye olden days' then they are likely to still do really well! It's nice to save and share.
Year after year I save the seeds from things that have become favourites over summer. It's mainly tomatoes and chillis. But beans and peas are super easy.
With tomatoes I go for the plumpest ripest fruit then scoop out the seeds. Wash them thoroughly in a sieve then put them out on kitchen roll to dry. Remember to write what they are. Be patient and leave them until they are completely dry ~ you don't want them going mouldy. Also don't worry if they stick to the kitchen roll - you can just tear the seed off and plant it with the wee bit of paper.
Once they're dry I put mine in small brown envelopes ( wages envelopes because they definitely earn their keep!) Then just store. I have to put all my seeds in to water/rat/mice proof containers as 2 years ago my potting shed made a lovely winter home for all sorts of wee critters, and almost all my seeds were eaten.
For chillis just remove the seeds and let dry out - I don't wash these.
If super nippy ones put gloves on.
Peas and beans - I just take some nice plump pods into the house and let them dry out. It can take a wee while so again, just be patient. You can also let them dry out on the plant.
Alderman peas and yard long beans.
Herbs are incredibly easy! Just let some of them go to flower, then seed, just where they are in the garden. I then shake the plant over where I want new ones to grow, and save the rest. I can't remember the last time I had to buy rocket, coriander or parsley seeds.
Happy seed saving!
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