SAVING SEEDS: (Save Some, Buy Some)
GREEN ONIONS, WINTER SQUASH, TOMATOES:
There are several sites and books dedicated to saving seeds. Believe me, it's easy to do and very rewarding. I have saved seeds from many fruits and veggies and also regrowing plans from parts of the plant itself, like a green onion (aka
Just cut off the last 1 inch of the green onion, where the roots grow from, and place this in some potting soil or directly into your garden. You will have another full-grown
green onion in no time. Plant several. Also, they will go to seed that you can use as well. Just be sure to wait until the seed turns black and matures. You can use the green seed heads, which are produced within about a year, by sprinkling
the little seed pods in salads for an oniony treat. These should not be black mature seeds.
Just remember that when you are saving seeds, use the best of the produce, the one that is ripe. It can
even be rotten as long as the seeds are still looking firm and not full of mold.
I like to save seeds from tomatoes, organic, open-pollenated and best if homegrown from non-hybrid stock.
Remove seeds, place them in a jar with water, shake to remove excess pulp, allow to sit until the seeds and pulp separate and remove seeds to a paper towel to dry. Some times I just remove the seeds and place them on a paper towel to dry completely.
Winter squash like pumpkins of all kinds, acorn, butternut, buttercup, etc. These seeds can be placed in a colander, rinsed well, all pulp removed and dried for several weeks on a paper towel.
If you enjoy seed saving, you should consider doing some research online or purchasing a book to have as a quick reference, which is especially handy when there is no power or internet connection. A couple
of economical used book sites are www.abebooks.com and www.thriftbooks.com
THESE FOLKS HAVE WEBSITES, BOOKS, DOCUMENTARIES, VIDEOS, ETC. THEY HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO ME IN MY GARDENING EXPERIENCE BEGINING IN THE LATE 1970s. Consider checking out their material and sites.
PAUL GAUTSCHI, www.backtoedenfilm.com (Excellent!)
JOY of GARDENING, Dick Raymond, his book can be purchased used. It contains basics of gardening, plants, pests, tools, etc.
DAVID THE GOOD (Goodman) www.thesurvivalgardener.com and email@example.com, books, videos, etc.
ELIOT COLEMAN, www.fourseasonsfarm.com , books, videos, etc.
JOEL SALATIN, www.polyfacefarm.com, gardening, farming, homesteading,
land management, etc.
And many others on YouTube and other video sites.