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I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Seed Saving...and Swapping again

Thank-you to each and every one of you for your warm welcome back.
How lovely it was too to receive. 

Yes readers; it's that time of the year again for me. It's time to take another walk around the garden and decide what seed to harvest. I can't stress enough on how important it is for every gardener to save at least some of their own seed....

No matter how large or small your garden is;
you can save your own seed!

Marigold seed - to be harvested
If you practice organic methods, (like me) you can take comfort in knowing that your seed is chemical free. Over the seasons; you can also build up a strain of seed that is resistant to disease AND climatic to your own region. How much better can you get?


When you do harvest your own seed, you more than likely will have plenty to share with other gardeners. Maybe you could even do a swap with them for something that you don't have or haven't tried growing yet. The possibilities are truly endless once you begin saving seed. Especially when you encourage friends and family to save their seed too. 


Think about it...Depending on what you grow; 
you may never have the need to buy seed again....
Mind boggling isn't it!

Perennial Basil seed -
to be harvested once dried on the stem
I've written about saving my Nan's Rhubarb seed here....and you can see when you click on the link how huge Nan Cady's rhubarb is. Good genetics in that seed I'm sure. 

Nasturtium Seed - to be hunted for and gathered

I've also written about those crazy Klumpin' Tomatoes I grew last year....and wrote about how I saved seed from them as well....There's a cool trick to saving Tomato seed without the gel sack around them. Did you know that if you soak tomato seed in some water, let the water go rancid, it develops an enzyme that eats the gel exterior on the seed....when strained, and left to dry on a plate, they dry clean, just like the seed you get in a packet....I used this method on many varieties of seed that I save. 

Rocket seed -
Once dried, the seed pods will be harvested and shelled 

Last December I wrote about saving the seed from Corn Salad Leaf, Tatsoi Salad leaf, Water Cress and Poppy Seed......My corn salad isn't doing so well this year, but I have enough leaf to harvest ocasionally for salad.  I don't have Tatsoi at the moment, but I do have another salad leaf in seed which I need to save (see the Pick-as-you-grow seed head below). 

Pick-as-you-grow lettuce seed -
all the fluffy heads need to be gathered and dried fully
My Water Cress bed is totally bombarded with Water Celery at the moment. I must tell you that Water Celery is very invasive....in the 12 months since planting it in my water garden (Maureen's bath after her bathroom reno, thanks neighbor)....The Water Celery has totally taken over the entire bath. The whole bath is one huge tight root ball of Water Celery. I find it hard to believe that there is any room in there for my water chestnuts to be peeking through, but they are....Thankfully......I never used my Poppy Seed for the tops of bread either; because it was sooooo small it would get laughed at.

Sorrel seed - ready to harvest

Last December I wrote about saving the seed from Corn Salad Leaf, Tatsoi Salad leaf, Water Cress and Poppy Seed......My corn salad isn't doing so well this year, but I have enough leaf to harvest ocasionally for salad.  I don't have Tatsoi at the moment, but I do have another salad leaf in seed which I need to save. My Water Cress is totally bombarded with Water Celery at the moment. I must tell you that Water Celery is very invasive....in the 12 months since planting it in my water garden (the neighbors bath after a reno)...It has totally taken over the entire bath. The whole bath is one huge root ball of Water Celery. I find it hard to believe that there is any room in there for my water chestnuts to be peeking through, but they are....Thankfully.
I never used my Poppy Seed for the tops of bread because it was sooooo small it would get laughed at.

Chervil Seed - to be harvested

If you click here you will see photos of me saving  Celery seed and 2 types of Pick-as-you-grow lettuce leaf. 


While I have never had any problems growing from my own seed, I never assume that they will always germinate....especially since none of my Rosella seed germinated this year, but all of the plants did develop a nasty disease last year due to heavy rainfall...So I guess that's the reason the seed didn't germinate this time...................
I was so thankful to Holly too for sending me the Rosella seed which I swapped with her for one of my shooting choko's.  Holly; I hope your choko vine is doing well. 

This week I need to harvest from my own garden the following: Nasturtium, Marigold, Perennial Basil, Chervil, Sorrel, Pick-as-you-grow lettuce and Rocket.

Later in the week, 
I will come back and show you all
just how much seed I gathered from my garden.


I'm looking to swap seed with anyone who is interested. (Australia and only certain states)....
I'm looking for Rosella seed, as mine developed a disease last year and all seed harvested refused to germinate this time. I'm also looking for some Loofah seed again, as mine went rotten...but I'm still determined to give them both another try.

I will be posting a list of surplus seed that
I have harvested too....
so keep watch and
maybe we could do a swap.

5 comments:

  1. I have been thinking about saving seed lately (novice gardener), but unsure of how to go about it, it seems like a bit of a daunting task.

    This is inspiring.
    cheers
    Fi

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  2. I have both rosella and loofah seeds I can send you if you like - just send me your address - my e-mail is at the bottom of my blog pages. I recently had an offer of seeds on my blog, but guess that must have been when you were offline for a while.

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  3. I am so glad that you are back blogging. You must miss your Mum every day as well as Andrew. I'll look forward to your posts. Dell. xo

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  4. Welcome back, Im glad to read your blogs again. Thanks for sharing the wisdom your mum and nan taught you on your blogs. In that way they never leave you and you share them with us, so thanks. Interesting blog on the seed saving too.

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