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How to save seeds

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How to save seeds

Beans, peas and corn: remove husks and allow seeds to dry out – this may take a couple of weeks, then remove casings and store.

Pumpkins and melons: seeds need to be washed and set aside to dry for a week or so before storage.

Lettuce, celery, parsnip, rocket, carrots, leeks, onions and radicchio: allow plants to set seed (tall stems of flowers will eventually appear), pick once the seed heads are brown and crisp sounding. Hang upside down in plastic bags for a week or so, rustle the remaining seeds out of the stems and store.

Cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, chillies and capsicums: scoop out flesh and wash through a sieve. Lay the seeds on a paper towel and place somewhere warm and dry for a week or two before storing. Be careful with chilli seeds as they can sting, so avoid touching your eyes after touching the seeds. Once completely dry, cut the paper towel into small pieces and store seeds on the towel in an envelope.

Crops mentioned in this post

melon
Cucumis melo
Planted 6 times
parsnip
Pastinaca sativa
Planted 6 times
radicchio
Cichorium intybus
Planted 2 times
corn
Zea mays
Planted 35 times
bean
Phaseolus vulgaris
Planted 78 times
celery
Apium graveolens
Planted 22 times
carrot
Daucus carota
Planted 97 times
capsicum
Capsicum
Planted 17 times
cucumber
Cucumis sativus
Planted 67 times
leek
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Planted 25 times
pea
pea
Pisum sativum
Planted 75 times
lettuce
Lactuca sativa
Planted 117 times
onion
Allium cepa
Planted 59 times
pumpkin
Cucurbita spp.
Planted 24 times
tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
Planted 207 times
zucchini
Cucurbita pepo.
Planted 65 times

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