Category Archives: Saving seed

Spring onions – saving seed

Spring onions or shallots as they are sometimes known often run to seed when weather warms in spring. Seed of green onions does not keep for long and seed collected for sowing next season will produce a vigorous crop as … Continue reading

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Saving seed

Annie recently e-mailed me her mother’s method of selecting fruits and pods for saving seed, and I thought it might be of interest to other readers. “My mother grew upon a farm in the south of Italy and she has … Continue reading

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Saving pea seed

Garden peas that we sowed in early May have performed very well again this year and we have been able to freeze quite a lot. We have to net our peas to protect them from birds. We use arches of … Continue reading

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Saving broad bean and pea seed

Broad beans As I mentioned in an earlier post, our broad beans were slow to produce pods because of an unusually cold winter. Broad beans are a combination of self-pollination and cross-pollination, and our broad beans do not start to … Continue reading

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Saving pumpkin seed

If your pumpkin vine has performed well for you this year, it is worth saving seed from one of the best pumpkins as the plants that grow from collected seed will have already adapted to your soil and climate conditions, … Continue reading

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Saving tomato seed

To improve the quality of your tomato crop next year, save seed from one or two plants that have cropped well for you this year because these seeds will be from plants that have already adapted to your local growing … Continue reading

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