Magazine article New Internationalist

From Tiny Acorns

Magazine article New Internationalist

From Tiny Acorns

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By saving your own seeds, you save a plant you want to grow again, and you no longer rely on catalogues, which might discontinue your favourites. Some vegetables are easier than others to collect seeds from, but in all cases the mother plant should be a strong, healthy specimen. The easiest seeds to collect must be those of the bean family (runner, French, borlotti and so on). Simply allow the pods to mature fully on the plant, until they start to change colour and dry out, then pick and spread them out until the pods are fully dry and brittle. Shell out the beans and continue to dry them until they break, rather than bend, when flexed. Don't rush this process - the seeds must be completely dry before being stored in an airtight container, or they will develop mould and rot. If the seeds are well dried, and stored in a cool dark place, they will last for around three years, but for best results, collect fresh seed every year and mark the container with the date.

Collecting flower seeds is just as easy. …

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