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Start your own vegetable or flower garden today with these gardening videos on seeds and planting.
You Will Need
- Garden shears
- Paper bags
- A screen
- A dry, well-ventilated location
- A spoon
- A glass jar
- A marker
Pick the best
Pick seeds from the biggest and most colorful flowers and vegetables.
Look for mature seeds
Look for signs that the seeds are mature by finding plants whose flowers are dry, falling off, or have puffy tops. Plants with pods are mature when the pods are brown and dry.
Cut flowers from herbs
Hang flowers from herbs such as parsley, fennel or cilantro upside down in a paper bag. As they dry, the seeds will fall to the bottom of the bag. Allow the seeds to completely dry in a well-ventilated location for 2 weeks.
Spread seeds from beans and peas
Spread the seeds from beans and peas on a screen after they have swelled up and rattle inside their pods. Then allow the seeds to dry in a well-ventilated location for two weeks.
Scoop seeds from tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers
Scoop the seeds out of tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers and place them in a jar. Add a small amount of water and let them ferment for 2 to 4 days.
Save the seeds
Save the seeds that have sunk to the bottom and place them on a screen to dry.
Store the dry seeds in a glass jar or envelope, label the container, and place it in the freezer for a few days to kill pests. Store the seeds in the refrigerator and plant in the next planting season.