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Garden Chores: Saving Seeds

August 26th, 2009

Along with all the other gardening chores that need done this time of year, it’s seed saving time. I’ve been out saving seeds for various plants that I’d like to grow again next year, like larkspur.
I’ve also been saving nicotiana seeds. The bees and hummingbirds love these flowers, I think they’re quite pretty as well. I’m hoping to have a lot more of these growing in my veggie beds to attract pollinators. Since they bloom all summer long they’ll be perfect for that task.
There’s really not much to saving seeds. All you have to do is wait for them to look dry and then clip them into an envelope. I’ll remove them from their little pods later this winter when I have a little more time. Make sure you label those envelopes though, otherwise you may be confused in few months as to what each seeds are for.
I’d be more than happy to share if anyone would like larkspur or nicotiana seeds. I may have zinnia seeds and a few other annuals later this fall.

Anyone else save seeds for annual flowers?

9 Comments to “Garden Chores: Saving Seeds”
  1. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on August 26, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I’d love to share. I have some seeds I can swap. I received some foxglove seeds from England and I’d be happy to share some with you.

    I also wanted to let you know I ordered a garlic sampler after reading about your’s here.

    Thanks for all the gardening info. I just love your blog!

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  2. Seren Dippity on August 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    You should get a commission from Gourmet Garlics! I also was inspired to order a sampler pack from them, and was excited to get an email this morning that it is being shipped.

    You’ve also got me wanting a comfrey patch. I haven’t had much luck finding a source for that though…. finally found plants sold from Richter’s Herbs. Do you know if you can start comfrey from seed? Do you let yours go to seed? I’m guessing the plants would be best started in the spring, so I’ll order those later.

    I’ve not had much luck starting flowers from seeds. Veggies, no problems. Flowers, not so much. Flowers or herbs. This year the only herb I managed to start from seed was my many varieties of Basil. I’ve got cucumbers coming out of my ears and had to buy dill, I’m trying refrigerator pickles both dill and sweet.

    I love your garden. Your photos are so beautiful. My point and shoot takes such lousy photos. Tempts me to get a fancier camera, but then I’d lose my excuse and have to admit its my lousy photography skills and not the camera.

    Thanks for sharing…

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  3. warren on August 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

    We save some seeds, but we don’t really do it in a methodical manner. I do love the zinnias though so I hope they save right…they were loverly this year!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Dazed indeed! =-.

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  4. the inadvertent farmer on August 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Just a few…I need to get more organized and do more. I’m also doing a few veggies. Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Taking pictures from another perspective =-.

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  5. Beegirl on August 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Thanks so much for your comment on the beets. Going to have to look up that recipe as it sounds fantastic!! I’ve been reading about organic mite treatments recently for the bees. Have you had much luck with the wintergreen oil? Best with saving your seeds. I tried saving some from my squash this year. The seeds were given to me by a farmer friend. Hope they grow next year!!
    .-= Beegirl´s last blog ..Pickle Me =-.

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  6. Daphne on August 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve saved seed from borage, nasturtium, marigold and johnny-jump-up. I think I’ll harvest some tithonia seed too. I’d love to see how that plant grows when it isn’t raining all the time.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Destruction =-.

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  7. maureeen on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve got OODLES of Cosmo seeds! I think they may be by far the easiest to save and certainly a heck of a lot easier than waiting around for lettuce seeds. THAT took patience… not my strong suit :)

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  8. Amy W. on August 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    How fun!

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  9. stefaneener on August 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I just realized today that I have to stop clipping the zinnia if I want to save some.They’re so lovely and enjoyable. Nicotiana here is such a free-seeding annual that all you’d have to do is not stomp all the babies and you’d have dozens. But saving them surely allows you more deliberation!
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..Maybe I should stop now =-.

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