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Seeds, Ripe for the Growing

Explore your grass roots, grow food from food and build a sustainable lifestyle producing fruit and vegetables for your family and community.

Harvesting seeds for drying and packaging.

Growing vegetables from harvested seed is fun and easy. Allow the seeds to dry for a few days on a paper towel, and store in an airtight container away from heat and moisture.

Most seeds can be seen inside the fruit.

It’s easy to save seeds in your own kitchen from the vegetables you eat. An important element of seed harvesting is ensuring they are dried properly before storage or they will go mouldy.
Image: Christina McGhee

Label harvested seeds with their name, harvest date and sowing season.

Have a system for your stored seeds so that you know what to plant when, and keep track of successes and failures.

Get creative decorating paper envelopes for seed storage.

Illustrate your seed packets with a picture of the fruit or vegetable of the seeds. Other details like chilli heat scale, colour, and mature plant height and spread are useful when you plant the seeds next season.
Image: Christina McGhee

Small seeds benefit from being sown closely together.

Very small seeds will show increased germination when sown closely as this creates warmth and increases moisture levels. Thin out the seedlings before they’ve grown three sets of leaves, to give them enough room to grow.
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Recycle plastic containers as mini greenhouses.

Raid your recycling bin for containers and bottles to use for germinating seeds, and materials for making labels.
Image: Brenden Moore

Find out how to save and store seeds and how to grow these seeds in recycled containers