Master Gardener Tips August 25, 2023

By Jeanne Yeoman, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

With a little attention to detail, you can save some of your garden seeds for next year. First, be sure you are collecting from open-pollinated varieties and not hybrids because those seeds may be sterile, or they will produce a plant that does not look like its parent plant. Let vegetables and flowers mature before you harvest them for seeds. Some plants, such as peas, beans, peppers, and most flowers and herbs, have seeds that can be left on the plant until dry. After the seeds are dry, they will need a cool, dry spot for storage. You can learn more about saving seeds at the Seed Savers Exchange website: www.seedsavers.org/learn 

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