How to - Seeds

10 seed-saving tips

April Demes
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April Demes

We asked a few experts for their secrets to gathering seeds for next year's plants

8. Some seeds need special attention
Niki Jabbour explains the process of fermenting tomato seeds in detail in her award-winning book, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener. It involves keeping the seeds and pulp of a slightly overripe tomato loosely covered in a warm area for a few days, which removes the gelatinous film around the seeds. Niki (whose new book, Groundbreaking Food Gardens, will be out in 2014) says this ensures the highest viability and better storage life.

Saving eggplant seeds also requires special care.

9. Know how to store your seeds
The key words for this process are: cool, dark and dry. “You want to keep them in conditions that are the opposite of how you will get them to germinate in spring,” says Laura.

Sheryl likes to keep collected seed in paper envelopes, labelled with names and notes, which are then placed in an airtight container.

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