Here are a few helpful hints on saving seeds for next year’s garden.
To save vegetable seeds from “dry” vegetables such as beans, simply remove the bean seeds from the green pod and place in a single layer on a paper plate. Turn occasionally and allow to dry for about 2 weeks. Next, place dried beans in a paper envelope and store in a dry, dark spot until spring.
For “wet” vegetables such as watermelon, zucchini, or tomatoes simply remove the seeds and wrap them in a strong paper towel. Rinse the seeds under running water as if they were in a tea bag so the seeds do not fall down the drain. Then place the seeds on a paper plate to dry for about 2 weeks. Next, place dried seeds in a paper envelope and store in a dry, dark spot until spring.
To save flower seeds from flowers such as Rose of Sharon, hollyhocks, marigolds, zinnias, and black-eyed Susans, collect old flower heads from plant and dry on a paper plate for a week or two until the seeds can be easily separated from the dried flower heads. Keep the removed seeds on the paper plate for an additional week to ensure they are good and dry, then place the seeds in a paper envelope and store in a dry, dark spot until spring.
Don’t forget to label the envelope with the seed name and the year it was harvested. Good luck!