Monzanto et al are trying to get into your garden and tell you what to do, what to grow and where to put your money (in their pockets) by legislating away the freedoms we have.
Here is how to keep your garden yours and show the big boys the door.
Today I thought I’d start of with a really easy task that is enjoyable, exciting, cheap and good for you. If you grow plants for fun, food or health there is really no reason to spend your well earned money on buying the same seeds from year to year. If you want to try out a new plant or variety, by all means spend those shiny coins to your hearts content. But if you want to grow the same kind of excellent sweet peas come spring, save your money and get busy instead.
Now, to be fair, if you’ve already pulled your plants out of the ground or harvested all the fruits, theres really not much you can do this year but save this link and revisit it next growing season.
This is what you need to do:
1. Grow a plant:
If you grow from seeds I would recoment that you buy heritage versions and not genetically modified versions (GMO) or hybrids. Not because they are bad (I would say that GMO is bad, but thats a discussion for another day) but because you have slim to no chances of getting a similar plant from its seeds.
2. Harvest the seeds:
Depending on what you harvest from the plant the next step differs some.
Simply let some of the pods stay on the plant past maturity. This will let the peas in the pod get a maximum of nutrients (making next years success more likely). Harvest when they begin to dry up.
B. Leafs and bulbs
These plants are normally discarded (if they are not already eaten) as soon as they begin to set flowers. Leave a few flowering plants, let the plants fall of and watch in amazement as some sort of fruit, berry or pod emerges that you most likely had no idea would come from that plant.
C. Berries and Fruit
The Fruits and berries are, as you most likely know, seed containers. What you might not know is that in most berries as well as some fruits the seeds are covered by substance that actually prevents the seed from sprouting. The reasoning behind this is that in nature the seeds are spread by passing through the digestive system of birds and other animals. While it is doing that the “casing” is destroyed, while the seed remains mostly intact. This ensures that the offspring is not encroaching on the parrent and makes a widespread population possible.
To make your seeds able to sprout in most cases you can put them in water to make the casing gelatinous, then rub them with your hands or some paper.
3. Dry and package the seeds
Make sure your seeds are dry before putting them away. Moisture is the friend of mold, and mold is not a friendly to your seeds. On the same note, use small paper bags for your seeds. Do this for two reasons. 1. It keeps your seeds dryer. 2. It’s easy to write on the bag what seed is within.
4. Store the seeds
Keep your seed-bags in a container that you have in normal room temperature (16-25 Celcius, 60-77 Fahrenheit) and as low humidity as possible (once again because of the mold).
And that’s it. Come spring you will have lovely seeds of your own. Completely free and if you grow organically your seeds will obviously be organic to. Now isn’t that nice.
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