What seeds are you saving this year ?

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What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281407 Odsox
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:06 pm

I normally only save the bigger seeds from the legume family and tomatoes, but this year I'm expanding a bit.
The normal seeds are 2 varieties of climbing French beans, broad beans, early peas and maincrop peas, plus several varieties of tomato.
As well as those, this year I am saving sweetcorn, beetroot, melon, butternut squash, and next spring I will try and save spring cabbage, cauliflower and PSB seed, although those are all together and I'm not sure if they interbreed (probably), so might end up with some "interesting" brassicas next year. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281412 doofaloofa
Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:02 pm

I'll save some of the french beans I grew this year

I was going to save some maro peas, but the ones you buy in the shops for mushy peas are cheap and disease free (looking)
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281415 ina
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:06 pm

Marigold! Just this year I'd decided to make some marigold "oinkment" and didn't have enough of them... Usually they come up all over the place.
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281432 Green Aura
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:15 am

We'll be saving some of the peas and beans that performed better up here.

The red mustard, marigolds and nasturtiums seem to save themselves - all over the polytunnel! Oh and spuds - I'm still weeding spud plants out of the polytunnel. The troubling thing is that we've never grown spuds in there :shock:
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281435 ina
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:29 am

Green Aura wrote:The troubling thing is that we've never grown spuds in there :shock:


Yeah, I've got that problem, too! I think it's just a few old tatties that ended up in the compost and decided to have another life... I eat very few tatties these days, and the two plants that came up next to my courgettes will do me just fine for the year.
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281436 Odsox
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:48 am

...... or even just potato peelings. If there's an "eye" intact on a peeling and it's kept moist (like in a compost bin), it will grow without hesitation.

You have the right idea GA, keep seeds from plants that do well in your climate. Also it's a good idea (although I don't know if it works 100%) is to save seed from the most prolific plant, or the plant that produces the biggest/tastiest crop.
I'll let you know next year if it does work, as I had one broad bean plant that was bigger and had a much heavier crop than the others, and I now have about 100 seeds from it.
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281437 Zech
Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:11 pm

Well, I won't be saving curcubit seeds as the squash and courgette fruit that I carefully hand pollinated have both rotted :(
I have a few parsnips and leeks that I left in the ground last year - I'm intending to save seeds from them. My neighbour left some broccoli plants in the ground, so I've collected a few hundred seeds from them. Probably also peas and beans. I have both celery and fennel flowers, but I'm not sure about them as the celery was tiny (this is last years - it survived the very mild winter) and the fennel bolted (obviously, or I wouldn't have flowers). On the other hand, the few sugar beet plants that I sowed early specifically so that it would bolt for seeds... didn't. Depending on how the harvest of the rest of the crop goes, I may lift the tubers and replant next year in the hope they'll flower then. I assume that will work.
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281441 Flo
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:21 pm

Jerusalem Artichokes. I thought I had cleared the patch last year, wrong! So we will eat as many as we want and if there are some left in the ground then we shall have them for next year.

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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281456 Brewtrog
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:24 pm

Definitely going to keep fennel seeds, considering that is what we grew our fennel for, don't know if the parents are planning on keeping tomato seeds (I don't like toms and they're not good for brewing, so I leave them alone)

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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281459 Green Aura
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:41 pm

No need to worry about saving fennel seeds, brewtrog, unless you want them for cooking. Fennel is a perennial so will come back next year and it will seed itself around - crafty little wotsit that it is..

Flo, I wouldn't mind Jerusalem Artichokes coming back year after year, they're such pretty plants. And they provide endless amusement after consumption. :oops: :lol:
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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281492 Lochside Yogi
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:56 am

I didn't think I had saved any seeds last year until I realized there are tomato plants growing among the courgettes and squashes! They must have sneaked in via the compost heap :-)

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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281500 RunnerBean
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:41 am

French beans I think will be the only veg, I haven't hand-pollinated anything so not bothering to save squash or courgette seeds. I let the chard seed itself, I'm not picky about where it comes up.

Also saving a few flower seeds- lavender, lychnis somethingorother, morning glory, french marigold and maybe sweet peas. The rest can sort themselves out :mrgreen: I'm lazy so I have lots of perennials and self-seeding annuals.

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Re: What seeds are you saving this year ?

Post: #281505 Brewtrog
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:57 am

Green Aura wrote:No need to worry about saving fennel seeds, brewtrog, unless you want them for cooking. Fennel is a perennial so will come back next year and it will seed itself around - crafty little wotsit that it is..

Sorry should have said I meant for cooking and brewing (well pastis making). MY herb patch is all perennials as my parents put down weed proof membrane over the whole garden. It stops anything from self seeding, but any annuals I might want have to be grown in pots.


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