Sunday, October 24, 2021

How To Save Turnip Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed,


 


-          Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. Turnips are biennial.  The root grows the first year and the flower stalk is produced in the second year.  Only in extremely cold regions will they need to be lifted, stored over winter and set in the ground the following spring.  The best specimens are chosen as they will carry all the characteristics of the variety and are replanted for seed.

 

-          The flower stalk can reach as high as 5 ft so will require staking with a cane to avoid wind damage.  They form numerous branches and yellow flowers.  The flowers are self-incompatible meaning they will require more than one plant to pollinate.  Insects must carry pollen from a flower on one plant to a flower on another plant for pollination.

 

-          Turnips will cross with other turnip varieties, along with some Chinese vegetables, winter rape and fodder turnips.

 

-          When the pods start to form, pinch off the tips, so that the lower pods will have larger, stronger seeds.  Birds can be a problem at this stage so may require netting.  Cut when the pods turn yellowish-brown.  Put the whole bunch upside down in a large paper bag and hang it in a dry place for a few weeks. Thresh and dry further.

 

-          The small, round black to reddish brown seeds vary in size and color between varieties.  The seeds will last for a good five years if stored in ideal dry, cool and dark conditions.  Mylar bags are good packaging for long term storage.  Sealing of mylar bags can be achieved using a lady’s hair tongs or clothing iron.  Regarding containers, kilner glass jars are good as they have an excellent sealing lid capacity.   


- Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations .




 


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

How to Save Kale Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed.

 



         Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. 

         Sprouting broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers, calabrese, kales and brussels - sprouts are all members of the same family (Brassica Oleraceae) and will all cross with each other.   They won't cross with turnips, swedes, oriental brassicas or mustard greens.   In addition, they are mainly self-incompatible - which means that in order to get seed, insects have to carry pollen from one plant to another to pollinate the flowers.   Because of this, you can't simply grow your broccoli or cabbages for seed in an insect proof cage to avoid crossing.  

         Almost all the Brassica crops being biennial need the winter period before they will flower and produce seed the following spring/summer.  Kale is the hardiest of all the Brassicas and will stand the most severe frosts.  They grow best where summer temperatures are cool.  They do not benefit from long, dry, hot summers in mild climates.

         So long as you only seed save from one member of the family in any given year, you can grow as many other brassicas as you like without problems as long as you don't let them flower.  

         For absolute seed purity, make sure that there are no other flowering brassicas within a mile of your garden.   In practice, fences, trees and tall crops all break up insect flight patterns, so as long as you don't have any immediate neighbours with flowering vegetable crops in their garden, you shouldn't have too many problems with crossing.     

         Keep at least six plants for seed, ideally more. Remove any poor specimens, or any that are not typical for the variety -you can always eat these plants, so long as you don't allow any flowers to open.    

-        Kale produce seed stalks 3ft tall or more.  The plants flower prolifically producing yellow flowers that are very attractive to bees.  The seedpods, which form after the flowers begin to fade, are green initially, but turn tan as the seeds mature and the plant begins to dry.  The seed pods shatter beginning with the pods lowest to the stalks.  Several hand pickings will result in the greatest seed harvest.  If harvesting by hand is too time consuming, cut the entire stalk when the greatest number of seedpods are dry but have not yet shattered.

-          Continue to dry the stalks and seedpods away from direct sunlight.  Many of the seedpods will shatter.  The remaining pods will need to be broken by hand, with a seed thresher, or by jogging in place on a bag of seedpods.  Winnowing will remove small pieces of seedpods, leaves and other remaining debris.

-          The seeds should last for four years if stored away in cool, dry and dark conditions.  Mylar bags (sealed) and kilner glass jars are good seed storage containers.


- Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations .

 











Thursday, October 7, 2021

How To Save Japanese Bunching Onion Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed.

 



-         Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does.  Japanese bunching onions are a perennial, often found in a large clump.  Each onion does not form a proper bulb, but rather divides its stalks throughout the year to develop a cluster of little onions at its base.  They are easy to divide and spread about.  The Japanese put soil around the onions to blanch them.

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-         Japanese bunching onions are biennial requiring two seasons to produce seed.  However, they will produce seed after a short cold period.  Seed heads are formed after this cold period.

 

-         Follow the same seed saving techniques as covered in my Blog on ‘Saving Onion Seed’.  Like the onions the seeds should last at least two years following the drying and storage techniques.

 

- - Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations.





Friday, October 1, 2021

How To Save Garlic For Planting The Following Year, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed,

 



-         True garlic is propagated vegetatively as it is hardly ever recorded as producing fertile seed.  When the whole plant turns brown, pull it out, leave on the soil for a few days if the weather is dry, and then cure in a shady, airy place to prevent mildew or rot.

-         After harvest, garlic bulbs enter a period of rest, similar to onions.  Following this rest period, garlic cloves begin a period of dormancy.  During this dormancy period, sprouting will occur when the temperature and humidity reach the proper range.

-         In mild climates, garlic is usually planted in the fall and allowed to grow during the cool conditions of winter.  This allows the plants to grow to a good size before bulbing begins during the lengthening days of spring.

-         In cold climates, fall-planted garlic will remain dormant under mulch until the spring thaw, but still produces bigger bulbs than garlic planted in the spring.  Garlic harvest begins when the plant’s partially dry top bends over.  Garlic bulbs are usually dried for one week prior to storage, but not in direct sunlight.

-         After curing, garlic may be stored in paper bags or hung in bunches.  Bulbs that are to be used for planting stock will keep for 6-8 months when stored in the dark at 35-40F and 60% humidity.  Higher temperatures can cause rough bulbs and early sprouting.  Garlic bulbs are broken apart into individual cloves that are planted.

 - - Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations.




Friday, September 24, 2021

How To Save Garlic Chives Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed.

 



-          Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. Garlic chives look like miniature leeks with flat leaves and taste like very mild garlic.  The plants flower freely in late summer.  Their white flowers are often used as a garnish, are insect pollinated.

 

-          Garlic chives do not cross with common chives or any other allium species.

 

-          When the seed heads (which are smaller than those of onion seed) start going brown and showing their black seeds, they can be bent over and shaken into a paper bag.  A visit every few days should get most of the seed harvested. 


- - Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations




Friday, September 17, 2021

How To Save Common Chives Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed.

 



-         Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. Common chives look like tiny clumps of onions.  The plants are perennial and grow for years.  Each year some of the plants produce purple-flowered seed heads that are insect pollinated. 

-         Common chives do not cross with garlic chives or any other allium species.  They tolerate frost but not prolonged freezing temperatures.  They are frequently grown as annuals in climates with winter temperatures below 32 F for extended periods of time.  Clumps may be dug up and stored over winter and set out to flower in the spring.  Seed production occurs each spring-summer in perennial plantings.

-         Follow seed collection techniques the same as in my Blog on ‘Saving Onion Seed’ as they are part of the same family.


- Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations.



Friday, September 10, 2021

How To Save Chinese Cabbage, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed.

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Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. Chinese Cabbage are normally biennial, meaning they will flower and seed the second year but sometimes they produce seed in one season.  They are cross-pollinating and self -incompatible meaning they will require at least two and preferably more of one variety to let them pollinate one another.  Also, having at least six plants to save seed will produce more genetic diversity for the seed meaning it will be more resilient.  

 

-         They will cross with turnips and all other varieties of Chinese cabbage.  A small garden is not suited for producing more than one variety for seed, as saving seed from more than one variety will need a minimum of over 1200 ft between varieties to avoid cross-pollination.

 

-         It is worth saving seed from the very best plants rather than from those that happen to form seeds very easily.  Do not use distorted or weak plants for seed as they would not have the desirable characteristics.  These plants can be used for eating.

 

-         The yellow flowers will turn into pods.  When these become brown and the seeds can be heard rattling, pick the whole stalk and lay it on a sheet inside.  Leave to dry and thresh and winnow.  Label carefully because all brassica seeds look similar.

 

-         The seeds should last three to five years.  Suitable packaging for storage is mylar bags which can be sealed using a woman’s hair tongs or clothing iron.  Kilner glass jars are good storage containers as they have a good sealing lid capacity.

- Heirloom seeds can be purchased in the USA from ‘Seeds Now’ which sells GMO free, organic, raw and untreated seed along with regional growing recommendations .






  

How To Save Turnip Seed, Heirloom Seeds, Heirloom Seeds For Sale, Rare Seeds, Seed Saver, How To Save Vegetable Seed,

  -           Use heirloom seeds to be a seed saver as they breed true to type year after year as Nature naturally does. Turnips are biennia...