Enjoy seasonally appropriate youth-oriented activities that
emphasize sustainable choices like recycling, growing your own
food, and more!
It’s that time of the year again – everything’s bolting in the
garden, the zucchinis are going crazy, and you can’t decide whether
to tear out these plants or your hair! Before you do either, take a
deep breath, and have your family help you do the following:
BASIC SEED SAVING STEPS
• Identify plants that produced well, tasted or looked great, and
you’d like to grow again.
• Flag these plants so you can remember them.
• Print out a few copies of this seed packet template (compliments
of Seattle Tilth). Click here
to download template.
• Let those plants bolt, and set seed. Harvest seeds when pods or
seed heads have dried. You can tell because they’ll be light (low
moisture content is key to seeds not rotting in storage), and may
even rattle in pods. Note: plants with internally produced seeds
(tomatoes, squash, peppers, etc. must be processed differently. See
link below for more information.
• Harvest small seeds by holding seed packet opening up close to
plant & shaking plant inside packet. Harvest larger seeds by
removing pods, then remove seeds individually from pods, and store
in seed packets.
• Mark packets clearly, so you can identify seeds next spring.
Store in a cool, dry and dark location.
• Come to MUD and take a look at, or check out, a top-notch seed
saving reference book: Seed to Seed
by Suzanne Ashworth.
• Look at MUD’s
information about seed saving
And remember, MUD has the tools and workshops to help you!
to access gardening, home improvement tools and
more, or take a workshop on how to sew a grocery bag, keep
chickens, and a wide variety of other backyard sustainability
to YEP! home page
Ideas & Activities!