Would you like to save on your seed bill?
Reduce your gardening costs by purchasing our open pollinated, heirloom vegetable seed packs! We include a wide variety of vegetable seeds that is perfect for any food garden. You will significantly reduce your seed bill, when you purchase either 100 bulk packs of inexpensive non-hybrid survival vegetable seeds.
Because our vegetable seeds are non-hybrid they breed true, unlike hybrid seeds that may only produce scraggly unwanted plants that bear tiny undesirable veggie buds. You can collect, store, and use the future seeds from your vegetable garden to grow more tasty veggies. To collect and store your vegetable garden’s future seeds, only takes a few know how tips and a small amount of effort.
Collecting and Storing Future Seeds from Your Vegetable Garden
First, be selective and only collect vegetable seeds from the most vigorous plants in your garden. Do not simply collect from the first ripened veggies you happen to encounter. Selecting seeds from the healthiest vegetables in your garden will help ensure you get healthy and high yield producing seeds.
Saving Seeds from Tomatoes, Squash and Other Fleshy Vegetables
Saving fleshy vegetables seeds, such as tomatoes and squash is easy. Simply, wait until these vegetables are fully ripened and then scoop out their seeds, along with the gel surrounding them. Place the vegetable seeds and gel mixture in a glass jar along with some water. Twice a day stir or swirl the mixture until it ferments and the vegetable seeds sink to the bottom. This usually occurs within five days. Afterwards, pour off the liquid, thoroughly rinse the vegetable seeds and spread them out on paper towels to dry in a well-ventilated place.
Collecting Bean Seeds, Pea Seeds, Corn Seeds and The Like
To save beans and peas, wait until the pods are ripe. When beans and peas are fully ripened they turn dry and crackly on the vine and the seeds rattle inside. This may take up to an additional month after you would normally harvest the peas or beans to eat. After you have collected the pods from the plants, spread them out to dry in a well-ventilated area to dry. Let them dry at least two weeks before shelling.
Like beans and peas, corn should also remain on the stalk to dry until the kernels dent. Other similar types of seed should be gathered when they're completely formed, hard, and filled with "meat".
A Note on Collecting Pepper Seeds
Saving pepper seeds is the easiest type of seed to collect and store of all vegetable seeds. Allow some of your healthiest peppers to stay on the vine until they become fully ripened and begin to wrinkle. Remove the seeds from the peppers and spread them out to dry in a well-ventilated place.
After your vegetable seeds have completely dried, you can easily store them in Ziploc bags. We recommend the writable Ziploc bags so that you can use a maker to properly label your seeds. It is best to label your seeds as soon as possible so that you will not get the seeds confused.
Remember to keep your seeds in a cool dry place until you are ready to plant. If you live in a warm air climate, you may consider including a small amount of powdered milk in each Ziploc bag to prevent moisture. Moist air can cause your seeds to sprout or even become mildewed.
Now that you have collected, stored and labeled your homegrown vegetable seeds you now have your very own source of next year's garden vegetables. This means less vegetable seeds you will need to purchase next year.