How To Save Pumpkin Seeds
July 26, 2012
This is the third batch of pumpkin seeds I have collected this year. I hope that they will produce a bumper crop for us after they are planted. Where I live, near Melbourne, the seeds will be ready to go into the ground around October. Collecting and drying the seeds now will have them ready to go at that time.
I will be planting seeds I have collected from a Grey Pumpkin, Pink Pumpkin and a speckled cross breed pumpkin. All of them purchased at a Farmer’s Market where I spoke to the farmer about the produce.
Follow along to see how they grow. Growing pumpkins from seeds is not difficult (I am told!!!)
I am thrilled to be going into the next season of planting using seeds that I have collected from my own plants, or from organic produce. It is an economical and very satisfying way to grow your own fresh vegetables. We have had some changes in our family this month that means that costs need to be significantly reduced! Anything I can do to increase our vegetable production at a low cost is going to be beneficial for our new family budget.
I find pumpkin to be a very versatile ingredient and I love that they can be stored for a long period of time. I am hoping to grow enough pumpkins to last across the year, fingers crossed!! I am hoping to be thankful for this seed saving in the coming months…
Here are my steps to drying the seeds in pictures:
Wash the seeds
Pat the seeds dry with a tea towel
Dry on a tray for a couple of weeks in a sheltered position that gets some sun
Store seeds in a cool dry location, labelled with the storage date and variety name.
Have you saved your own seeds to plant in your garden? What seeds did you collect?
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