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Swap Your Seeds!

Ellen Francis & Mary Trester  | Published on 1/5/2022

Save Your Seeds!

As incoming Horticulture Study group co-chair for the next term, along with
Mary Trester, we will begin our season next March with a timely look at
spring fertilizing for our plants. At that time, for those interested, we will also
exchange seeds, in time for early planting indoors.
Many of us have tried growing flowers from seed as a new pastime since
the pandemic began. I have tried it, with some success. If you are
interested in exchanging seeds for early spring indoor seed starting, please
save your seeds now. As you’re cutting back your garden and putting it to
bed for the winter there will likely be seeds for you to work with next year.
Cut the flower heads off and bring them inside to gather the seeds. Let
them dry fully and then store in a paper envelope. Some seeds need to be
stratified, so they can be stored in the refrigerator. I have only tried it for a
few seasons, but the successes have been very rewarding! There is a lot of
information available online to help you get started, and to answer
questions you may have. I’ve included a few sites below. Hoping for an
easy winter and looking forward to a lovely spring!

Ellen Francis & Mary Trester

https://frugalfamilyhome.com/home/gardening/seed-saving
https://www.shiftingroots.com/annual-flowers-beginner-seed-savers/
https://www.gardening4joy.com/saving-zinnia-seeds/
http://www.littleyellowwheelbarrow.com/seed-saving
https://thekitchengarten.com/how-to-save-zinnia-seeds/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/99079260540775506/
https://getbusygardening.com/storing-seeds/
https://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/lots-of-great-ideas-for-seed-starting