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I saved my first seeds - I think.

As you know, I'm a complete novice gardener. Besides my experience of having planted a few things in pots and now watching them grow, I'm the Sgt. Schultz of gardening: I know nothing!


I finally made time after the gym this morning to save seeds from some fruit that Lissa kindly gave me. I now have seeds drying on some paper towel on the kitchen window sill. I've got a funky horned cucumber, a passionfruit, a jalapeno chilli, and a tiny red chilli.


I had no idea what I was doing, but I gave it a go anyway. I cut them open, in some cases washed away non-seed material in a tupperware container, and dried them using paper towel. I then spread them flat on more paper towel and they are air drying. Is this at least kind of right? I'm coming to the seedsaver's meeting at Beelarong, so I'm sure I'll learn more then...


Oh, and my garlic chives have finally sprouted! :-) My garlic shoots are getting taller, my spinach is slowly getting taller, I've got a couple of pots with flowers shooting up (I think I sowed too many... the soil is almost not visible anymore. Do I need to thin them out? It's just "Cottage flower mix" from Bunnings), I've got my midyims, and an eggplant from Lissa that's still going :-)


It's so nice to be out at dawn in the crisp air giving the plants a little drink while the dog bounds around yard doing his happy "I haven't seen you for 12 whole hours" dance :-)





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Comment by Lissa on May 16, 2011 at 5:10

Could depend on where you have the cutting and water etc.

Good light but out of direct afternoon sunlight I find best (so I keep cuttings on the eastern side of the house) and a daily water until they seem to be growing on their own but don't let them get soggy.

Why don't you try growing some of those seed to check viability? Could be a bit of fun and informative with it.

Comment by Daniel on May 15, 2011 at 21:53
The listada you gave me is going a bit spotty, but I'm not sure if that's critical or not. Besides that, the passionfruit, chilli and african cucumber seeds have been drying for a couple of days and I'm about to put them in envelopes :-)
Comment by Lissa on May 14, 2011 at 5:36

All sounds happy and fun :)   Morning in the garden before work is definately a good time.

One of my two Listada di Gandia eggplant cuttings died (so...50% success rate lol) but the other seems to be doing well. I think I prefer the flavour of the black eggplant and will take some cuttings from that next. The Listada is getting lots of little flowers all over it again so will leave it in peace for a bit.

Don't forget to get hold of a copy of the Seed Saver Handbook by Michel and Jude Fanton as soon as you can. Will give you nice clear instruction on saving various seed.

With passionfruit and other juicy type seeds (cucmber) I tend to leave them to go nice and mouldy in their flesh on a saucer for a week before cleaning and drying.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 13, 2011 at 7:24
Sounds good to me, Daniel! Just do it a bit at a time, you learn as you go and have fun :-)

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