Seedy Business: How to Save Seeds from Your Garden

Team McFly Sep 26, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. Saving Seed From Your Garden
    1. Introduction
    2. Harvesting Seed
    3. Flowering
    4. Fertilization
    5. Seed
    6. Cleaning Seed
    7. Drying Seed
    8. Seed Storage
    9. Recent Related Articles:

Saving Seed From Your Garden


Gardening is more than just a hobby; it's a love affair with the Earth, a partnership with nature, and a testament to the cycle of life. One of the most gratifying experiences for a gardener is to witness a plant's complete lifecycle—from a delicate seedling to a flourishing plant and back to a seed. If you've reveled in the joy of watching your garden blossom and wish to continue the legacy of your favorite plants, you're in the right place.

Saving seeds not only ensures that you'll have a continuous supply for the next planting season but also keeps heirloom varieties alive for generations to come. In this guide, we'll delve into the art and science of saving seeds from your garden, offering you the knowledge to create an endless loop of growth and harvest. Let's embark on this journey of preservation and propagation together!

There are many ways to save seeds from your garden. Some of these ways are to dry it and store it. Others involve harvesting it and cleaning it. It would help if you also learned about fertilizing and planting it.

Harvesting Seed

Harvesting seeds from your garden is an important step in gardening. It allows you to preserve flowers and plant species and to share them with others. However you must follow the proper procedures to get the most out of the process.

The first step in harvesting seed is to clean the plant. Then, using a pair of clean garden scissors, cut the seed pods. Ideally, these pods should be brown and split easily. If not, they should be tossed into a paper bag for further processing.

Next, dry the seeds. This is best done on a sunny, dry day. You can then store them in an airtight container or a refrigerator. Be sure to label the seeds to identify what you have harvested.

Cucumbers, melons, and peppers are the most common plants for saving seeds. Peas are also good for saving. There are also plenty of other plants that are worth saving, but you should choose the ones that are best suited for your area. Heirloom varieties are best.

Once you have saved the seeds, they are easy to store. Dry hard seed coats are best for storage. An airtight container or a refrigerator is a good place to keep your seeds. See our recent article on Pretreating seeds.

Saving Seed from Your Garden


Taking time to save seeds from your garden for flowering is a rewarding hobby. It can also be a way to share your favorite plants with others. This will help you expand your gardening horizons and enjoy beautiful blooms year after year.

Some easiest plants to collect seeds from are melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, and beans. Other flowers include cleome, foxglove, nigella, and columbine. These plants are easy to grow and make excellent gifts for friends and family. But, of course, the best flowers for saving seeds are the old-fashioned varieties.

If you are a novice, start with self-pollinating plants. This will reduce the risk of undesirable crossbreeding. Also, check to see if the plant has pods or capsules. After determining if a seed is viable, collect the seeds from the flower head. Then, using a filter, remove any trash.

Depending on the type of flower, the seed can vary in size and color. You may find that the mature seed is a darker color and thicker.

To preserve the seed, store it in a dry, cool area. If possible, store it in an airtight container. Otherwise, it can remain viable for one to three years. Alternatively, you can keep it in the refrigerator.


When growing vegetables in your garden, you must ensure you know how to fertilize seeds. If you don't, you can destroy your plant's health. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure that you're planting seeds correctly.

Start by making sure that the soil is clean of weeds and debris. After that, you can plant seeds. The best time to plant seeds is at least one week before the last frost.

Plants need to receive plenty of light to grow. It's also important to provide a healthy amount of water. Ensure that you prune your plants as needed.

Once the seedlings are six inches tall, you can move them into your garden. Please don't put them near your stems because it could burn their tender roots.

Fertilize your garden once or twice a month. Your crop needs nutrients most when it's getting started. To do this, you should use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. This product will release nutrients into the soil for the entire growing season.

There are many different types of fertilizers, including organic and synthetic. Choosing the right kind can be difficult. You can use a mixture of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus or a single-element liquid.



Saving seeds from your garden can be a fun and rewarding activity. It provides an opportunity to maintain your favorite family line of plants and helps you create better crops adapted to your local environment. This method also reduces your reliance on outside sources and increases food security.

There are two basic types of seeds: hybrid and heirloom. The hybrids are produced by crossing a parent plant with a second one. These are often bred for disease resistance or vigor.

They are usually sold at your local farmer's market. Hybrids typically produce more seeds and have a longer shelf life. However, their seed quality may be compromised by shipping and storage. Similarly, heirloom varieties are passed down in families for decades.

Heirlooms are the best choice for saving seeds. In addition to being a family tradition, heirlooms benefit from being unaffected by cross-pollination.

Seeds can be found in many plants, from flowers to fruits. Beans, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers are some of the easiest to save.

When saving seeds, choosing the right plants for your garden is important. Select slow-bolting root vegetables and choose thick roots. Protect your plants from colder temperatures if you're in a cold climate.

Cleaning Seed

There are several steps to cleaning seeds from your garden. Before you begin, make sure you are using a seed cleaner that is certified organic. These steps will help ensure that your seeds are safe for storage.

First, you should clean your seeds before you store them. This process can be done by hand or with a machine. Cleaning methods vary based on the type of seed. For example, a diluted peroxide solution will protect the seeds from fungus.

After the seed has been thoroughly cleaned, it should be placed in an airtight container. It should be stored in a cool, shady, and dry place. Seeds stored in hot, moist, or sandy areas may rot. To avoid rot, use silica gel packets in the container.

When the seeds are thoroughly dried, they can be placed in a labeled envelope. Make sure that the label states the name of the variety and notes about where you harvested the seeds. The package should be sealed in a waterproof container.

If the seeds contain pulp, remove them from the container and rinse them in water. Rinsing the seeds will remove any lightweight materials. You can then place them in a sieve. A sieve is a great way to separate your seeds by size.

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Drying Seed

Seeds from your garden should be kept dry and pest free. If they get wet, the moisture can ruin the seeds. The moisture can also cause mold and rot.

Drying seeds helps them seed accept moisture. However, the drying process may lower the germination rate. Therefore, it is advisable to dry your seeds gradually.

The seeds from your garden can be dried using a food dehydrator. Set the machine at 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and run it for no more than thirty minutes.

Once your seeds have been dried, could you place them in an airtight container? First, label your container with the date and variety of seeds. Then, use a fan to circulate air through the container.

Large seeds need longer drying time. Alternatively, you can sun-dry them. But this takes more time than drying with the help of a food dehydrator.

If you don't have a food dehydrator, you can dry your seeds in a warm garage. This is the best option if you live in an area that doesn't receive too much rain.

For small amounts of seeds, use ziplock baggies. Bags and old row-cover materials work well. You can also store your seeds in a refrigerator. However, refrigerators are usually humid, affecting the quality of your seeds.

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Seed Storage

To save seeds from your garden, you must properly store them. It would help if you considered many things, such as temperature, moisture, and light. Using these tips can help you to store seeds for longer periods.

You first must ensure your seeds are stored in a cool, dry location. This is important to avoid rotting. You should also make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. The sun can degrade organic matter and lead to the spoiling of your food.

You can choose from a wide selection of containers to store your seeds. Plastic, glass, and paper are all good options. Whether you use plastic, glass, or paper, you should seal your seeds in an airtight container.

Another way to protect your seeds is to use silica gel packs. They can absorb moisture to prolong the life of your seeds.

You can also store your seeds in a refrigerator. However, you should be aware of the humidity in your refrigerator. High humidity can spur seed germination. So, it is better to store your seeds in a freezer.

You can use an envelope or a plastic bag to protect your seeds properly. You can even use a glass jar or wire mesh for extra protection.

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Table of Contents
  1. Saving Seed From Your Garden
    1. Introduction
    2. Harvesting Seed
    3. Flowering
    4. Fertilization
    5. Seed
    6. Cleaning Seed
    7. Drying Seed
    8. Seed Storage
    9. Recent Related Articles: