Drying Seeds for Gardens
My father has a farm with a rather large garden and I receive several loads of vegetables throughout the year. This is one of the ways we keep the good stuff growing.
- Start by wiping them off gently with a soft towel, and place them on a brown
paper bag, leaving them in a warm dry area.
- Walk by and stir them up by hand 3 or 4 times a day--just move them around a little.
- Drying time is normally around 8 hours to prevent molding & rotting when placed in a container for storage until planting time. I usually leave them on the bag for about three days to make sure they are really dry.
- Put the seeds in a ziplock sandwich bag, be sure to LABEL EACH BAG with DATE and WHAT TYPE of seed. If it was a SPECIAL apple that made a really great pie, instead of just listing the name such as Red Delicious, you could add a note to remind yourself that this was a special seed for something you may wish to make again.
- Keep all the seeds, which can turn into a very large amount after some time.
- Plant all the seeds and with luck you'll see some growth.
- Choose the seedlings your family will use. Any seedlings left over can be given away to friends and family.
Note: these instructions are for organically grown vegetables, produced from a family garden. I'm not sure of what the result would be using seeds from unknown sources or from hybrids.
I have better results by not washing the seeds.