Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant by Fern Marshall Bradley

By Fern Marshall Bradley

This illustrated, step by step consultant exhibits you the way to avoid wasting seeds from 20 of the most well-liked vegetable backyard crops, together with beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. you will learn the way every one plant is pollinated (key to deciding upon how the seed might be saved), tips on how to choose the seeds to gather, and the way to technique and shop accrued seeds. develop the forms you like, 12 months after year!

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With a little practice, you’ll probably find it easy to refine your technique. indd 39 4/30/14 3:19 PM HOW TO WINNOW 1. Set up your winnowing station: Place a small electric fan on a table, spread a sheet or tarp on the ground beside the table, and place two sizable containers on the tarp side by side. An outdoor deck is an ideal place for winnowing because you can just let the excess chaff blow away. But if necessary, you can winnow indoors. 2. Put the seed and chaff in a bowl, bucket, or small trash can.

7. In early spring, replant sound roots so the shoulder of the root is just below the soil surface. Check spacing recommendations before you replant (see crop entries in chapter 3 for distances). When biennials flower, they become large, sprawling plants that need much more space than in their first year of growth. The flower stalks tend to be top-heavy. If you notice stalks starting to list, stake them for support. Don’t let the stalks topple, because the developing seeds can end up on the soil surface or embedded in neighboring plants, where wet conditions can easily cause seeds to rot.

Other types of beans, such as lima beans, often cross-pollinate. PL ANNING AHEAD: If you plan to grow only one variety of bean, plant and tend the crop as you usually would. Growing more than one variety? Separate the varieties by at least 25 feet. As an extra precaution, plant a tall crop such as tomatoes or corn between beds of beans. This lessens the chance that bees will carry pollen from flowers of one variety to those of another. A third option is to plant a “bee magnet” plant such as lemon balm nearby to lure the bees away from your beans.

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