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Seed Saving

Posted on October 7, 2016

Seed Pods, green or flax beans, Radishes, and a Snow Pea.

Seed Pods, green or flax beans, Radishes, and a Snow Pea.

I said I would do better at updating this blog. And I meant it. I am sure I will fall off the wagon again before too long, it comes in spurts…. Kind of like seasons. Which not only affect me, but also affect my garden. Right now, we are enjoying a bountiful delicious harvest, but we don’t pick everything. Some of many of things we grow we leave out until they become a tough little seed pod rather than a vegetable that should be eaten. And once that happens, we harvest them. We do this, to try to keep our farming costs just a little lower. It’s called, “seed saving.” We don’t do it for everything some things are harder to do this with than other things and we are just beginners here.

OPened up flax bean pod exposing the white seeds inside.

OPened up flax bean pod exposing the white seeds inside.

How it works is simple, you open up your tough little dried seed pods the easiest might be the beans though the radishes and the snow peas aren’t difficult either but the beans make for the best image of this part of the process. Gather all the seeds out of the pod and set them aside in some kind of open contained and make sure none fall on top of the others so you have a single level layed out for the final drying. Which can take a little time.

Collected, radish, snow pea, and flax bean seeds.

Collected, radish, snow pea, and flax bean seeds.

Now, you just let ’em sit till they are super dry and you pack them in an envelope with the name of what they are written on it so you don’t forget and you pack them away somewhere cool and maybe even dark and you forget about them till usually around here anyway about mid may. Then you get them out of storage and you put them back in the ground to create your harvest for the following year. And it is really that simple or so I am discovering.

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