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the Seed You Save

Discussion in 'Plant Propagation' started by digitS', Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Aug 9, 2019
    Prairie Rose

    Prairie Rose Chillin' In The Garden

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    I save a few different types of seeds, typically dill, zinnia, cosmos, and calendula. Every few years I plant out sunflowers, runner beans, and save a few tomato seeds of varieties I like. I inherited some saved seed for a giant potato-leaf yellow tomato I loved and then lost; I planted every bit of it I had one spring and then a critter happened to the seedlings. I'm still looking for it to buy seeds again...the source doesn't remember what they were called.

    There is a variety of half-runner beans I need to save seeds for once I get a good crop going. There is a variety that is very common where my mother grew up, and it's the kind I grew up eating, and I can't find it here in the midwest. Blue lake and Kentucky Wonder just taste wrong to me. I have a couple packets of seeds to try out from a few different sources, and if one of them tastes right that will be what I save.

    Back when I still had a traditional row garden with more space and more time, I did a lot more seed saving. I grew up in houses where you could duck into the pantry and find a row of seed jars, neatly labeled. My goal is to eventually be able to do that myself, and not have to buy seeds for my staple vegetable crops every year. I also want to be able to select for plants that do better in my environment; a lot of the family favorites come from a different environment and they don't do well here.

    To make a long story short...yes I want to save my seeds, but I'm not quite there yet. Still learning this raised-bed intensive gardening thing first!
     
  2. Aug 9, 2019
    flowerbug

    flowerbug Garden Addicted

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    post a description of it to this thread and you'll have a good chance of someone knowing what it might be. worth a shot. :) and yes, i'm curious as to what it might be... :)

    https://www.theeasygarden.com/threa...e-and-reawaken-the-thrill-of-discovery.22726/
     
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  3. Aug 10, 2019
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

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    @Prairie Rose , I have grown Kellogg's Breakfast KBX. It's a potato leaf variety. Very Nice flavor but it's pushing things a little for here. The fairly short season combined with so many cool nights keeps me from growing many heirlooms.

    Dr. Wyche's Yellow is one I especially liked (not potato leaf).

    There were a few other big yellows like Azoychka and Orange Minsk but I had better stick with Lemon Boy hybrid just to get them comfortably into ripeness each year. All have regular leaves.

    Good Luck looking for those varieties. It will be a worthwhile experience.
    Steve
     
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  4. Aug 10, 2019
    ducks4you

    ducks4you Garden Master

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    Love it when you talk garden varieties dirt!!! Haven't a CLUE what varieties these are. They just Sound Sexy!!!:cool:
     
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  5. Aug 10, 2019
    Zeedman

    Zeedman Deeply Rooted

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    @Prairie Rose , for another large yellow potato-leaf tomato, you might also want to try Yellow Brandywine. It is flavorful, highly productive, and widely available.
     

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