Child Planting in Greenhouse

Gardening Tips

 

What Type of Seed do I have?

Dry Seed Plants

Carrot, cabbage, lettuce, onions, beans, basil. 


Dry seed plants should be processed using the dry seed method (see below).

Wet Seed Plants

Melons, squash, peppers, eggplants, pumpkins

Wet seed plants should be processed using the wet seed method (see below).

Gel Sack Seed Plants

Tomatoes and cucumbers

Gel sack plants should be processed using the dry seed method (see below).

 

Saving Seeds

Processing Dry Seeds

To process dry seeds, allow seeds to partially dry in their seed heads while attached to parent plant. Make sure to collect seeds before the seed heads open. Once the seeds are completely dry, separate them from their seed pods and stalks and store them in an air tight container.

Processing Wet Seeds

To process dry seeds, scoop seeds out from the fully ripe fruit. Then rinse the seeds to separate them from the pulp. Spread seeds onto a tray and allow them to dry for several weeks.

Fermentation of Seeds

To ferment seeds, place them in a jar with water and leave them in there for a week. Throughout the week mold will form on top of the water as the yeast breaks down the gel packs. The seeds that sink on the bottom can be saved and dried. They can then be processed using the same way that you process wet seeds.

 

Donating Seeds

If you have seeds you would like to donate/return to our seed library please follow these instructions:

  1. Place seeds in a packaged provided by Seedlings- found in the our Seed Box

  2. Label the seeds correctly: Type of seed, date, amount (if possible), and if you would like, your contact (name/email)

  3. Place your seeds into the bottom section of the seed box labelled : "Donations"

  4. Note: You are not charged for any of the seed packets nor are you charged if you are not able to return saved seeds (e.g. due to disease, pests, etc.) This is a give what you can system, so any portion of what you can save is appreciated!

 
 

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