Saving seeds is an essential part of you maintaining self-sustainability in your Urban Food Garden. In this short blog we'll give you some quick tips on seed-saving measures to keep you up to speed!
If you've a parsley plant that is proving large, luscious parsley leaves, then save it's seeds. The genetics of any given plant will be passed on through the seed. If you've a plant which has rushed to seed & is not providing much usable material allow it to finish its cycle & compost it.
Start with easy plants
Sunflowers, lettuces, broccoli. parsley, marigolds & chamomile are great plants to start with as they have easy to harvest seeds. Chamomile & marigolds will naturally drop their seeds very readily, so if you're a green thumb who likes to be in control, catch them early.
Allow the seeds to dry out as the plant dies
As the plant dies off, that's when the seeds are ripe for the picking. To avoid mould & other storage problems, ensure the seeds you harvest are dry! By cutting off the parsley flower when the plant is on its way out, leaving it in the dry air (out of the sun is probably best) & then placing it in a brown paper bag you'll have a higher success rate with re-sowing your seeds.
Store your seeds in a brown paper bag & make sure you label them with the plant & date you harvested the seeds. This will prevent you from having to open the bags constantly.
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