Storing Seeds

| 6/20/2013 3:55:46 PM

Squash Seedling

For the most part, the garden is planted. There’s a few more things I might tuck in here or there, but if I don’t get around to it, I feel satisfied with the finished plantings. Now that the garden is done, it’s time for me to take a look at the seeds we have left over. I like to experiment with different varieties each year. For example, this is our first year growing Pak Choi. I’m excited to add it to stir fries but I don’t see us eating a ton of it. So I planted a few plants and have a bunch of seeds left over.  

Pumpkin Seeds

We also saved seeds last year from varieties that are easy to handle like heirloom pumpkins, gourds and squashes. So instead of a small envelope of seeds, I had several pumpkins worth which in some cases, like with our Connecticut Filed pumpkins, yielded a Quart size baggie full of seeds. All last fall I had paper plates strewn about the house, on every horizontal surface with labeled paper plates with seeds drying. I would toss them and turn them every few days until the seeds were dry enough to store.

It seems that all over the country it was a funny year for gardeners. In Michigan, the cold crept into June and was followed by heavy rains that left our garden areas muddy and in some areas too wet to plant. In our case, with our shorter growing season, it became somewhat of a race to get the seeds in, wet or not, and hope for the best. Our pumpkin patch boasts over 1000 hand planted pumpkins, and most are coming up nicely, despite my worries that the ground would eventually dry up and turn to cement.

Some days I felt as though Mother Nature was playing some sort of joke. We were peppered with fast moving storms that would spring up out of nowhere. I would be out in the field with seed packets scattered about and a misty rain would sneak up on me and send me scurrying to gather the seed envelopes and cover them from the wetness.  

Gerry Wood
6/22/2013 4:12:13 PM

Silly question I am sure BUT HOW do I make a pillow of corn starch?

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