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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
parsnip
Pastinaca sativa
lifespan 240 days
radicchio
Cichorium intybus
corn
Zea mays
lifespan 83 days
bean
Phaseolus vulgaris
lifespan 65 days
carrot
Daucus carota
lifespan 130 days
cucumber
Cucumis sativus
lifespan 98 days
capsicum
Capsicum
lifespan 225 days
celery
Apium graveolens
lifespan 200 days
onion
Allium cepa
lifespan 210 days
pea
pea
Pisum sativum
lifespan 91 days
lettuce
Lactuca sativa
lifespan 104 days
leek
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
lifespan 200 days
tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
lifespan 146 days
pumpkin
Cucurbita spp.
lifespan 151 days
zucchini
Cucurbita pepo.
lifespan 113 days

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