Saving Summer Seeds

William Afton, Batty, Jr., James  |  7/27/2010 11:44:58 PM

Scooping out tomato seeds

Squash seeds

Okra seeds

Consider saving your summer seed now that the spring harvest is over and before you plan your fall garden. This is a pretty simple procedure that can be easily done during down time as we retreat from the summer heat. Good quality seed is very important for the quality and quantity of next year’s garden. Try these simple tips for seed savings:

  • Save only standard (not hybrid) or heirloom seeds.
  • Choose seeds from the healthiest, prettiest, most flavorful, desired plants.
  • Choose mature seeds. Get your seed at the end of the season.
  • Put the seeds of tomatoes, melon, squash or cucumber in a jar of water. Other seeds can be obtained by drying seed hull.
  • Let seeds ferment for two to four days. Good seeds will sink. Discard floating pulp and bad seed.
  • Spread the good seeds on a screen or paper towel to dry.
  • Store seeds in a jar or envelope in a cool dry location. Clearly labeled, seeds can be kept in a refrigerator for a year or so.

Seed saving is very easy and economical. There are many websites with good seed saving charts including the LSU AgCenter website.  Following these tips are sure steps to a good seed supply.

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