In Your Seed Collection This Fall?
This is a great time of year to collect seeds from your favorite flowering plants. Allow the
flowers that you wish to collect seeds from to die back, turn brown and crispy while still on the plant. Pick
the "spent" flowers and allow them to air dry on a tray before removing the seeds.
Put the seeds into envelopes and label them with the plant name and date. Store seed
packages in a cool, dark and dry place. Don't forget to collect some seeds from vegetable plants too. Plants
such as beans and peas have pods that should be picked when they turn brown and crispy while still on the plant.
Open the pods to remove the seeds and air dry for several days before putting into an envelope.
Collecting tomato seeds is a little bit more complicated requiring fermentation to remove the slimy
tissue around the seed. Click here to learn more about how to save
Collecting seeds from your garden, even from just one plant, with intentions to plant the following
year is one way to make your garden a little more sustainable. What a wonderful feeling of freedom not having to
rely on an outside source to purchase plants for your garden...now you already have the seeds to start your own
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sustainable as being able to last
or continue for a long time.
As I look at the seeds that I collected from the garden, I think about the "seeds" that have
developed in my own life over the past growing season. Think of events or situations that have happened over the
past growing season in your own life. Both "good" and "bad" things have occurred.
Now imagine those events or situations as flowers that have now gone to seed. Collect the seeds
from experiences that brought you joy, strength, wisdom, balance and inspiration.
Collect seeds from experiences that taught you how to have self compassion and patience.
Collect seeds that helped you to forgive.
Save these seeds with intentions to plant them again. The more you collect seeds from the
experiences in your life, the more sustainable your life will become. What a wonderful sense of freedom it is
not having to rely on an outside source for all these seeds....you already have them within you.
You may be interested in reading this blog post: Saving Garden Seeds