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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/23/2015, 8:51 am

I normally save Cape Cod collards, a French spinach, Spinach mustard, Grand Rapids lettuce, different types of tomatoes, peppers, and radishes, and daikon seeds every year. It amazes me how much better they grow in my SFG than the original the store bought ones.

This year, for the first time, I'm going to save:

From last years plants...
Ripbor kale,
Dwarf Blue Vates kale
Eastham turnip

From this year's plants...
Marketmore cukes
Trombocini squash
Hopefully a few different varieties of lettuce. I'll get back to you once this is a reality.

What seeds are you saving this year and do you have regulars that you save?

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Post  quiltbea on 5/23/2015, 11:24 am

My garden is so limited now that I won't save any seeds except something I want to try again for which I have no seed left. 

In this case, I have a new tomato for me, and that's Li'l Pink, which is an old heirloom I got from WinterSown a few years back.  I used the few seeds I had to start seed this year and only got 2 plants from them.  I've made a note to myself to save some seeds this year......IF I like the tomato.  Very little info out there online about this tomato.
I'm sure I'll remember to report my findings about this large cherry tomato.
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Post  Turan on 5/23/2015, 11:51 am

I am not good at seed saving really. I do let a few things self seed each year.
Mostly orach, sunflowers, cilantro, raab, poppies. O, I do save Painted Mountain corn seed.
I really should save bean seeds. The last few years I have been on a quest to figure out growing beans in my climate. (This quest was partially inspired by the Three Sisters threads here). So far the effort has been to just get them to produce anything before hard frost kills them Mad With some thought I suspect if I start saving seed of those that ripened first I might have better luck in the long run.
You have inspired me yet again to get out of my rut and go forth and save bean seeds this year! What a Face
Now to remember this come August/September Embarassed

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Post  Cajun Cappy on 5/23/2015, 1:47 pm

About the only seeds we save are our long horn okra seeds.  the particular variety I do not know we have had these for around 13 years or so.  I had some from my family but I lost them.  I found an older gentleman who had some seeds and got them from him.  Since he was a friend of my fathers they may well be the same stock.  We took a fall road trip for a couple months and when we got home we had alot of dried okra pods so I picked them and this spring stripped them and now have a pint jar full of seeds.  Waaaaay more than I need.  I may just give them to the corner As store.  If I see some of those lil seed bags, I may bag em up and offer them at the church sale in a couple weeks who knows.  I did learn that the yard long beans are natural so if we like them we plan to let a couple beans go full cycle to seed.
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Post  plantoid on 9/24/2020, 4:59 pm

@Turan wrote:I am not good at seed saving really. I do let a few things self seed each year.  
Mostly orach, sunflowers, cilantro, raab, poppies.  O, I do save Painted Mountain corn seed.  
I really should save bean seeds.  The last few years I have been on a quest to figure out growing beans in my climate.  (This quest was partially inspired by the Three Sisters threads here).  So far the effort has been to just get them to produce anything before hard frost kills them Mad   With some thought I suspect if I start saving seed of those that ripened first I might have better luck in the long run.  
You have inspired me yet again to get out of my rut and go forth and save bean seeds this year!  What a Face
Now to remember this come August/September Embarassed
 

@Turan , It's 24 Sept 2020
 I cut a four inch wide strip of cooking foil and roll it up to make a loose tie-able knot  .
 The first decent looking bean pods of the year to appear over 4 inches long gets one tied to them at the neck as an identifier not to pick it .  Then as soon as the pod  starts to turn  brown we snip them off de-pod them and finish drying the seed off in the warm airing cupboard then after a week or so vac pack & heat seal them e in packs of 20  label them with a sharpie and store them in a mouse proof lidded steel tin out in the garage till they are needed .

So far this year I've collected the our fifth or sixth year of  home growns .................. Flava beans  red kidney runner beans  French climbing white beans  and both marrowfat & mange tout peas . I've still got  radish , coriander,  fennel , leeks and onion seed from last year that should still be be OK for 2021 

All the marrows and courgette's got chomped by slugs so I'll have to  buy some next season  Rolling Eyes  Sad
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Post  yolos on 9/25/2020, 2:09 pm

Rattlesnake Pole Bean seeds and Broccoli seeds
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Post  Turan on 9/25/2020, 9:29 pm

Thanks for rattling me awake, Plantoid Very Happy

I just looked in my seed tub. 
I have jars of Painted Mountain and Painted Hill corn saved. Several years worth, and this year I have some really nice cobs drying for next year's seed. I might have enough old seed now to grind and make a batch of corn bread!
I also have Helda Romano pole bean saved. I have been saving that for several years as well. Usually I also have Provider bush bean saved but I used up all my seed getting any beans at all this year. We had frost June 18th and lost one planting.
I still need to collect coriander/cilantro seed. It self seeds but I also store some, some for seed and some for stews. 
I also have a jar and a bucket with poppy seed heads. The jar has the peony and blue seed heads. The bucket has the more prolific big poppy seed heads. I must have 2 cups of seed besides all that is self seeding.
The gold finches were busy eating and spreading the sunflower seeds. I grow a small head type with smaller seeds just for them.

We love those Rattle snake beans, Yolo. Hmmm, maybe I should collect some broccoli seed. I let the plants flower at this time of year for the bees. I will look tomorrow to see if there is seed being set.

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Post  Yardslave on 10/7/2020, 5:01 pm

I am saving seeds from a tomato that just volunteered in the garden this year. It was an amazing 3-4 inch slicer that's meaty, has fewer seeds than most , has great flavor balance, and just the right thickness of skin. I think that this plant will be the majority of my tomato plantings next season. I didn't save enough seeds to suit me because my wife kept devouring the tomatoes and neglecting to set aside the seeds. The only drawback is, I still haven't found a tomato that can keep pushing fruit in weather above 90 degrees- maybe the next generation will be a little more heat tolerant. I have a strain of Black Krims that i have had planted from successive seasons (9 so far) that have adapted pretty well because of their early season hardiness, but once the heat comes, they stop producing totally and will not set fruit past September. I don't know how Luther Burbank did it.
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Post  llama momma on 10/8/2020, 5:23 pm

Dill and marigold seeds because it's easy. Always hold back largest garlic heads to replant cloves.  Ground cherries easily reseed themselves and various herbs also. I enjoy some new seed packets too since I'm planting less as I get older.
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