Collect and donate seeds for 2013 Seed Exchange

By | Gardening How-Tos | Tags: , , | August 22, 2012 | No comments

Collecting seeds from your garden is a great way to share your favourite plants with other members of the TBG. Follow these tips when harvesting seeds for the 2013 Seed Exchange.

  • Flowers that produce seed pods containing many seeds are best collected when the pods turn brown and start to split open. Cut them from the stems and put them in a paper bag and store in a cool, dry place until the seeds fall out. Then, sieve them to remove debris.
  • Seed pods of plants such as Clematis contain only one seed. To catch them before they fall, wait until they start to change colour, then give them a gentle tap, catching them below in your hand or in an envelope.
  • Pods that explode, such as those of hardy geraniums, can be cut off just as they turn brown and placed in a paper bag.
  • Store seeds in labelled paper envelopes, not in plastic bags.

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about the author: Anna Leggatt

Anna is a self-proclaimed mad gardener who gardens on a comparatively large property in Toronto with lots of shade and deer and groundhogs. She love shrubs, bulbs, rock gardening, wildflowers, Japanese effects, working with stone and changing her garden design. Although she'd like to grow vegetables, the deer and groundhog would like like her to as well. Anna is a Toronto Master Gardener Emeritus

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