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1/29/09 7:52 A

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Thanks, Dee - this will give me more motivation to
save my seeds this year.

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1/29/09 6:05 A

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Speaking of seed swapping, had you guys seen this?
www.garden.org/seedswap/

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1/28/09 7:55 P

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YIKES - 8 inches. It's good for the garden though.
We have to think postive.

I will plan on saving some seeds for you. As soon as I decide what I am planting this year, I will let you know.

Sunny

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Sure thing! I can't wait to get SHAKNIN' mine into the garden. WE GOT 8 inches of snow today!

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Hi there Mom in the Garden - Thanks for the information on the Sunflower Seeds. I will save them this year.

I will e-mail you the varieties I am planting so if you want any seeds, let me know.

Hugs, Sunny

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Wonderful ideas everyone and thanks so much! Similar to the sunflower idea, I did that with marigold seeds but for the veggies that I am starting indoors I thought it best to get down to seeds plus my sister wants some and I didn't want to mail her an envelope of garbage! Love the idea of letting them roll off the paper - how much easier would that have been?!?
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Sunflowers - I will tell you that out of the 100's of seeds I keep from each variety I get maybe 2 or 3 blooms that are either dwarfed or not to true color. So I would say it is worth keeping those seeds. I have had some varieties that are NOT AVAILABLE the following years so this is why I keep my seeds. NOT TO MENTION 'WHY NOT!!!" It is basically free if you have the space to hang them to dry.

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I see you save the sunflower seeds. Don't the revert back to either the Mom or Dad seed?

I have replanted my hybrids every year as I read somewhere that they do revert back.

If not, I am going to start saving my seeds.

Have a Warm Day, Team. Think Spring.

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OK - Each fall I take and cut back the flowers I want to save. I keep each variety separate and tie some string around it to hang dry in my potting shed. In the spring I will get the bunches out ( very carefully) and shake the seed right into the ground that I have prepared for growing.

I do about 20 different sunflowers and a variety of perennials like coneflowers and salvia.

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Hi Dee & Kat;

I did this a week ago out in my shed. I worked on 4'oclock, lobelia, morning glories, marigolds & snap dragons.

I used a little sifter from a sandpail set I'd saved for my flowers since my grandchildren have long outgrown those baby toys. Once I had the chaff & seeds separated I put everything in a pie pan and used a piece of cardboard to separate the seeds tilting the pan and letting the seeds roll down, then put them in plastic sandwich bags.

The snapdragon seeds were the hardest I had such an enjoyable day doing that, although my hands & fingers hurt the next day. All better now.

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1/27/09 12:42 P

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Dee, I was wondering that too! Last night I was trying to separate salvia seed from the dried blooms. I used a colander too, but got a lot of chaff. The seeds are so light, blowing on them removed seeds as well as chaff. I took one bunch and dropped it in a bowl of water. Some of the seeds dropped to the bottom immediately, but the rest floated with the chaff. (I read somewhere that the ones that sink are the ones that will germinate.) I poured the water off until only the "heavy" seeds remained, then put those on a cookie sheet in a barely warm oven to dry.

I have no idea if that's the right thing to do - I was making it up as I went along. There has to be an easier way.

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The other day as I 'played' in my basement 'garden' I was separating the dried basil / lettuce bloom from the seed. Not sure what others have done and would love to hear.

Here's what I did:
step one was to break open the seedhead over a colander and shake over a bowl to get the seeds down to the bowl. The only problem was there was also alot of dried leaf and flower. So...

step two was to take the bowl outside and swirl the bowl around letting the wind blow away the chaff and the seeds being heavier stayed in the bowl. Since it was windy this worked well.

So what do you all do?

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