Autumn Saving Seeds

Autumn is a great time to be saving seeds for the following year. All the beautiful memories of this summer can easily be carried over to our hopes for the following year. Seed saving is one of the easiest jobs in the garden. Simply remember to pick a spent bloom or a well ripened vegetable which has to be dried thoroughly so that no moisture remains. Moisture would create mould and spoil the seeds. I bring them in the house and leave them on a bright windowsill to completely dry through.

My climbing beans were a real success this summer as they produced large harvests. I am definitely keeping these seeds as they were so easy to grow too.

Harvesting climbing beans in summer
Shiny dark beans from dried pods now

I grew okra for the first time this year and it has encouraged me to grow a lot more next year. So I let a couple of the okra ripen and then cut them off the plant. Drying them indoors has allowed me to pop them open to release their seeds.

Small harvest of okra
Dried okra and their seeds

Flowers have bloomed so well too this summer! Their seeds are also easy to save. Pick the blooms that are spent and then dry them completely indoors on a windowsill.

I bought a packet of marigold seeds to plant this year and they have certainly done my garden proud! As late as this time in October and they are still blooming and attracting all the bees. Of course, I have to save these seeds so that I will be able to plant them again next spring but also have enough to share!

Marigold flowers
Dried marigold flowers and seeds

Sunflowers have also brightened my garden this year. These are so easy to grow and their flowers are so attractive to bees and butterflies. They also give a beautiful height to any corner or border, as long as there is some sunshine!

Sunflower in summer
Sunflower seeds this autumn

I must not forget one of my favourites and that is the zinnias. Definitely one for a beginner, but once you’ve grown it you will want to have it feature in your garden or balcony every year! I started these indoors in early spring from seed and then planted the seedlings outdoors in late spring. The blooms were beautiful and robust, and last for many, many days.

Zinnia growing in a pot
Dried zinnia flower
Seeds at the end of the dried petals

I will now store all these seeds in paper envelopes and label them. They are ready for planting in spring next year. This is an easy and thrifty way of growing your garden! Will you be giving it a go?

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