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Harvest - Save Garden Seeds

How To Harvest - Save Strawberry Heirloom Garden Seeds

Wait until your strawberries are overripe. Place your strawberries into thestrainer.

Press your spoon or fork against the strawberries in the strainer to squeeze out the juice until all the juice is pressed out and you can clearly see the seeds separating from the juice. Take care when doing this step to avoid breaking the seeds.

Place the strainer under running water, allowing the juice and strawberry pulp to run out. Flip the seeds in the strainer onto a plate. Allow the seeds to air-dry for a few days. When dried put your seeds in a container. Store in a cool dry place.
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Remove the paper husks from the fruit, place them in a blender (up to half full) with just enough water to cover, and blend on low speed for 20–30 seconds. The blades will not damage the tough, slippery seed coats. Next, fill the blender to the top with water, and allow the liquid to settle for 10–15 seconds. The good seeds will settle to the bottom.

You can also save the whole fruit and when ready to plant squeeze the seeds into the planting medium.

The nightshade family contains tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and potatoes as well as garden huckleberries, tomatillos and various ground cherries.
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How to Harvest - Save Heirloom Squash Vegetable Seeds 

Harvest squash from your garden when they are fully mature. Chop the squash shell open. Remove the seeds. Clean seeds in a colander.

Place paper towels on cookie sheets and spread seeds on them. Store in a cool, clean, dry place for at least a month until the seeds are cured or dried. After the seeds are dried, store them in a container and in a cool dry place.
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How To Harvest Spinach Seeds

Identify the male and female plants. The males will have tiny, yellow balls growing underneath the leaves of the stalk. The females have only little green balls under the leaves.

Allow the spinach plants to dry out in the soil.

Remove the plants from the garden. Discard the males. Hang the females upside down in a cool, dry location to dry them completely.

With gloves on, run your fingers along the plants to loosen the seeds. Catch them in a paper bag or other type of container. Blow away the chaff. Save the seeds in cool, dry storage until ready to plant.
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How to Harvest - Save Heirloom Turnip Vegetable Seeds 

Insect pollenated bienniel. Turnips will grow in height and then flower. Staking may be required. Seeds are mature when pods are dry. Harvest individual pods or entire stalks. Harvest into bags as seed can be lost due to shattering. Or harvest onto a tarp in the morning when plants are still wet with dew. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Store in a cool dry place. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

How To Harvest American Purple Top Rutabaga Heirloom Seeds

Insect pollenated bienniel. Rutabaga will grow in height and then flower. Staking may be required. Seeds are mature when pods are dry. Harvest individual pods or entire stalks. Harvest into bags as seed can be lost due to shattering. Or harvest onto a tarp in the morning when plants are still wet with dew. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Store in a cool dry place. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

How To Harvest Cherry Belle Radish Heirloom Seeds

If you let your radishes be they will grow little flowers and pods. Once the pods are completely dry, they are ready to be broken open for seed harvesting. Once you have finished your harvesting, store the seeds in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
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Choose a ripe, healthy-looking pumpkin and cut in half. Scoop out all the pulp from inside using a large spoon. Use a metal spoon as it has the strength to sever the fibrous strands that hold the seeds to the shell. Place pulp in a large bowl as you scoop it out.

Pull the seeds from the pulp with your fingers and place into a colander in the sink. Rinse the seeds under lukewarm running water. Gently scrape off as much pulp as possible with your fingernails.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Lay clean pumpkin seeds on top of the paper towels in a single layer. Place seeds in a dark, cool room for one month to dry. Sort through seeds after they are dry and discard any with mold or mildew spots.

Place seeds in a container. Store in a cool dry place.
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How To Harvest Hot & Sweet Peppers Heirloom Vegetable Seeds

To harvest the seeds of peppers, simply cut the pepper in half and pull out the core and seeds.

Rub the seeds gently from the core into a bowl. Rinsing is not absolutely necessary, however, when pepper seeds are placed in water and gently stirred, mature seeds will sink to the bottom and the chaff and immature seeds will float to the top.

Pour off the chaff and immature seeds, repeating as necessary until clean. Drain the seeds in a mesh strainer set on absorbent toweling before spreading them out on a glass or metallic dish to dry.

Never dry seeds in the sun, the heat can kill the embryo within very quickly. When seeds are properly dried, they will snap break when folded in half.
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How to Harvest - Save Heirloom Snow Pea Seeds 

The great thing about saving snow pea seeds is that you don't even have to set aside a special bed for it. You'll inevitably allow a few pods to get too woody before you pick them --- just leave those on the vine and they'll mature nicely.

To collect seeds, select fully dried pea pods that ‘rattle’ a bit when you shake them. Gently pry them open at the ‘seam’ – if they are ready this shouldn’t be too difficult at all. Many will have already begun to split.
Store seeds in a cool dry place.

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Saving Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion Heirloom Vegetable Seeds

You have to wait until the seed heads have matured enough so that the black seeds are visible and the little pods around them start to dry. Then snip the heads off and continue drying in a paper bag.

When fully dry, rubbing everything between your hands will separate the seeds from the chaff. Remove the bigger pieces of trash manually and winnow the rest in a good breeze or with a fan.

The white core of the blossom will not winnow out since it is about the same weight as a seed. They are removed by dumping the seeds into a bowl of water whereupon the seeds sink but the core floats.

Clean seeds are then spread on a paper towel to dry. Store your seeds in a container in a cool dry area.
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How To Harvest Clemson Spineless Okra Heirloom Seeds

Using a sharp knife or small pair of scissors, cut mature, toughened okra pods from the plant at the base of the stem. Place okra pods on drying screen and position in a warm, dry, well-ventilated, moisture-free area to dry. Allow pods to dry completely; two to six weeks, depending on temperatures and environment. Pods are dry when you can hear the seeds rattle inside when you shake them. Store in cool dry place.
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Saving Southern Giant Curled Mustard Green Seeds Heirloom Seeds

Cut off the seed stalk in late summer after it has yellowed but before the seedpods begin to split open. Cut the stalk beneath the lowest seedpod on the stem.

Place the seed stalks in a paper bag as you collect them. Mustard pods break open easily when disturbed so the bag catches any seeds that drop out.

Set the open bag in an 80 F or warmer location, placing it away from direct sunlight. Dry the stalks for one to two weeks or until the pods begin splitting and spilling the seeds.

Remove the stems and empty pods from the paper bag. Pour the seeds into a bowl and separate out any nonseed plant material. Shake into the bowl any seeds remaining in the pods.

Store your dried mustard seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
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How To Harvest Watermelon Seeds

Cut open your watermelon. Remove the best-looking seeds in the watermelon with your fingers. Look for seeds that are large, plump, and dark in color. Strain your freshly harvested watermelon seeds to remove any residue.

Put all of your harvested seeds into a strainer or sieve and run under water to rinse off watermelon juice and pulp. Use your hand to gently toss the seeds clean.

Dry the seeds of the watermelon by placing clean seeds in a single layer on a stack of three or four paper towels. Cover with one or two brown paper lunch sacks. Let dry out for several days before storage. You can remove seeds and put in a container of some type. Store it in a cool, dark place.
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How To Harvest Lettuce Heirloom Seeds

Harvesting the lettuce seed is very simple. Using a brown grocery bag, gently bend the stalk over (careful not to shake the seed loose onto the ground) until the flower heads are inside the bag. Then hold the bag around the stalk and shake it. The ripe lettuce seeds will fall into your bag. Continue doing this with all the lettuce plants. Store the bag indoors in a cool, dry, dark space in between harvests.

The best way to separate the tiny lettuce seeds from the chafe and fine lettuce feathers is to use small screens. Get out as much chafe as possible without losing your seed.
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In Spring let it flower and go to seed. Cut it down when leaves start getting brown, hang upside down to dry for months.

When plant is fully dry and pods are almost bursting, stick the entire plant into a pillowcase and hit the pillowcase to get the seeds loose.

Using a strainer, separate seeds from the chaff. Store seeds in a container in a cool dry place. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// How To Harvest Garden Huckleberries (Huckleberry) Heirloom Seeds

Garden Huckleberries do not cross-pollinate. To save seed simply take ripe fruits and crush them in a bowl. Add water to the bowl and the seeds will sink and the skin and pulp will float. Separate the contents and wash the seeds in a strainer. Allow seeds to dry and store in a cool dry area.
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Cut the eggplant fruit from the vine when the fruit is hard and dull in color. Slice the eggplant in half and use your hands to separate the seeds from the fleshy area of the fruit.

Spread the seeds on a paper towel and allow them to dry out at room temperature. Fill a small cloth bag with ˝ cup of dried powdered milk and tie the bag shut. Place the cloth bag in the bottom of the glass jar. Put the seeds in the jar, on top of the bag. The bag of powdered milk will help keep the seeds dry.Seal the jar with a lid to keep airtight while storing. Keep in a cool dry place. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// How To Harvest Cucumber Vegetable Seeds

Allow the cucumber to mature about five weeks beyond when the vegetable would normally be harvested. This allows the seeds to mature. By this point, the cucumber will be much longer than normal and usually yellow or golden in color.

The plants will stop setting fruit as the cucumbers mature. If a frost occurs before the cucumber is mature, the cucumber should be picked from the vine and allowed to ripen in a cool dry place.

Slice the fruit from end to end. With the fruit open, scrape out the seeds and associated fruit with a spoon and place it in a container. Stir the mixture every day. In a few days, the pieces of cucumber mixed with the seeds will dissolve away. The good seeds will sink to the bottom of the container while immature seeds will rise to the top.
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How To Harvest - Save Corn Heirloom Seeds  

Allow corn to mature on the stalk. This typically requires four to six weeks after the eating stage. Look for fully developed kernels inside brown dry husks.
Pick corn on a cool, dry day when foliage is dry. Pull back husks and hang ears upside down in a cool, dry well-ventilated area.
Check corn often for any signs of mold or moisture. Discard any ears that show signs of mold or mildew. Turn ears to dry evenly.
Hold the ear of corn over an open paper bag. Twist the kernels off the cob by hand, allowing them to fall into the bag.
Store seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark area until spring.
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Leave some of the flowering plants alone to form seed pods. You'll be able to identify them easily once they form because they look almost like green beans. In fact, some people even eat them. The pods can be left to dry right on the plant in the same way you would leave bean pods to dry. Once dry, store them in a paper bag until you plant them.
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Remove the paper husks from the fruit, place them in a blender (up to half full) with just enough water to cover, and blend on low speed for 20–30 seconds. The blades will not damage the tough, slippery seed coats. Next, fill the blender to the top with water, and allow the liquid to settle for 10–15 seconds. The good seeds will settle to the bottom.

you can also save the whole fruit and when ready to plant squeeze the seeds into the planting medium.

The nightshade family contains tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and potatoes as well as garden huckleberries, tomatillos and various ground cherries.
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Watch the celery plants for when they bolt, or send up the flower stalk. The stalk reaches up to 3 feet high and has light green, feather-like flowers.
Pick the flower stalks once the petals have withered and when the stalk begins to dry. Spread the picked stalks out on newspaper in a warm, dry room so the seeds can finish maturing.
Hold the flower stalk over a shallow bowl. Break open each seed head with your fingers, releasing the small seeds into the bowl. The seed heads are located directly beneath where the petals were when it was flowering.
Store celery seeds in a jar, mylar bag or an envelope.
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Cauliflower seed can take a very long time to mature and may require some season extension. Gather seed stalks when seed pods are dry being careful to prevent losses due to shattering. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Seed remains viable for many years under cool and dry storage conditions.
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Harvest the seed head once it dries and turns brown, usually in mid- to late-summer. Cut off the entire flower stalk with the large, bulbous seed head intact.
Break the seed head open over a bowl and shake out the carrot seed. Remove any plant matter from the bowl then pour the seeds into a jar or envelope. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// How To Harvest Hale's Best Jumbo Heirloom Cantaloupe Seeds

Gather up a glass bowl, a tablespoon and a sharp knife. Set the cantaloupe so the stem scar is on the side. Use the knife to slice the cantaloupe down the center in one smooth motion. The two halves will wobble over and settle on the natural ends.

Use the the tablespoon to remove the seeds along with the membranes and place them in the glass bowl. Remove as much of the membrane from the bowl as you can. You only want to have the seeds.

Determining Viable Seeds Place your collected seeds in another glass bowl. Turn on the faucet until the water gets slightly warm to the touch. Fill the bowl with warm water. The seeds that float to the top are the ones least likely to produce a cantaloupe.

Preserving the Cantaloupe Seeds Rinse the seeds off with warm water to remove any pulp and sugar. Dry the seeds and place them in a cool dry place.
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How To Harvest Cabbage Heirloom Vegetable Seeds

Cabbage are biennials, and don't flower and produce seed until the second year of growth.
Wait until the seedpods are tan or brown before collecting them. Seeds from green, immature pods are not viable.
Place the seedpods in cloth or paper bags and store at room temperature for one week. This ensures that they are fully dry.
Lightly crush the seedpods while they are still inside the bag. Save the seeds and discard the chaff.
Store cabbage seeds away from direct light or heat. They will remain viable for many years.
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How To Harvest Brussels Sprouts Heirloom Vegetable Seeds

Seedpods must reach maturity on the mother plant. When pods are dry and brown, they can be harvested and broken open. Black rot, black leg and black leaf spot are seedborne diseases. Hot water treatment can reduce transmission.
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Let the Broccoli plants flower after forming a compact head. Broccoli seed can take a very long time to mature and may require some season extension. Gather seed stalks when seed pods are dry being careful to prevent losses due to shattering. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Broccoli seed remains viable for many years under cool and dry storage conditions.
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Beets will grow in height and eventually flower. Seeds are ready to harvest when they are dry. The entire seed stalk can be brought in to dry further before threshing. Use a 1/4" and 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Beet seeds can remain viable for many years under cool and dry storage conditions.
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Let the beans dry completely on the vine. This is best done near the end of the growing season, because once you start letting the pods mature, the bean stalks slow down quite a bit, and you won't get much of a harvest.

When the pod is completely dry (it will be light brown in color, generally) remove it from the plant and open it up, revealing the dried beans inside. > Remove any chaff or pieces of pod, and store your dried beans in something like an envelope, or other container in a cool, dry place, and plant the beans next year. This method works for snap beans, dry beans, runner beans, and lima beans.

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Saving - Harvet  Mary Washington Asparagus Heirloom Seeds


Look at the asparagus plants carefully for the growth of tiny red berries, which contain the seeds. Not all of the plants will produce red berries, just the female plants. Although berry development differs by variety, most berries appear in mid- to late summer
. Pick off the tiny red berries with your fingers by snapping them off the asparagus plant.
Place some kind of a mesh kitchen strainer over a bowl and put the red asparagus berries into the strainer. Press down on the berries with your fingers to separate out the inner seeds from the outer red pulp. Each red berry contains six to eight tiny black seeds. The black seeds will fall through the strainer, while the pulp will not. It's fine if some pulp gets through the strainer.
Fill another bowl with clean water and put the black seeds from the first bowl into the second bowl, using your hands. Try not to scoop up any pulp as you transfer the seeds. Repeat this process of rinsing in water until no more pulp remains on the seeds.
Scoop the seeds out of the water, using your hand, and spread them in an even layer on a paper towel. Allow the seeds to dry for two to three days.
Put your seeds into a paper envelope. Write what kind of asparagus on the outside of the envelope.
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Lay the seed heads on a cloth and dry them in the sun for two days, bringing them in every night to avoid dampness. Then, shake the seeds vigorously in a paper bag and then strain through a sieve or use the wind to remove the outer shell. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

How to Harvest - Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Tomatoes are self-pollinated. That is, the pollen of a blossom interacts with the egg of that blossom. This incestuous act, occurring out of sight behind the yellow wraps of the flower, ensures that the resulting seed will yield plant identical to the lone parent. There has been no interchanging of genetic material between plant. Keep an eye out for the one plant of a variety that performs best, in terms of adaptability, production, appearance, taste, or whatever characteristics are important to you. Harvest a few of the best tomatoes of those best plants when they are dead ripe, and scoop out the seeds. Place them in a jar; half filled with water for two days or so at room temperature. This curing process is thought to kill bacteria that might be on the seeds and pass on the next generation. The good seeds will sink to the bottom while the bad seeds will float to the top. Carefully pour off the pulp and bad seeds, keep filling the jar with water and pouring the pulp and bad seeds off until you have only clear water and seeds on the bottom of the jar. Now pour the water and seeds on to a piece of hardware screen (finely wove) and then after the water has drained off a little, flop the seeds on a glass place. Let dry outside, out of direct sunlight until dry. Put seeds in a jar to save until next year.