The complete guide, vegetable seed saving

Click to Tweet Organic Gardening, Beekeeping and Seed Swapping Network Learn how to save seeds from a variety of different vegetables.

24 Responses to “The complete guide, vegetable seed saving”

  1. indoorharvestgardens Reply October 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    great video ;) -

  2. If I have multiple varieties of heirloom tomatoes how do I keep them from cross-pollinating and creating hybrids with the collected seeds. Is there a distance they need to be from each other? Can they be nearby without issue? Thank you!

  3. Pupak Haghighi-Brinch Reply October 14, 2012 at 12:33 am

    youTube is not letting me post my website here

    so I hope you come across the Logo for OP Seeds in other ways.

    best wishes to you

  4. Pupak Haghighi-Brinch Reply October 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

    OK best wishes to you
    I just completed a page on my site on OP Seeds
    It looks like I cannot post my website here. i may try again

    feel free to use the Logo for OPS freely and widely

    thanks for your work


  5. OK I know what you mean about the F1 now. I did cover cross pollination, but I need to add some info about staying away of hybrids. It is hard sometimes to cover all the info when making and editing videos. But it is good to know that seed from brassicas can be saved form 3 plants for up to 10 years before they become weaker. Trying to grow a 100 plants can be to much of an undertaking for the normal grower. Seed swapping of the same species / variety would overcome this problem really well….

  6. Pupak Haghighi-Brinch Reply October 14, 2012 at 1:40 am

    it will be well to correct the information on the video because people will be misled and will believe that having 3 brassica plant is enough for seed-saving. Also it is important to start out by distinguishing between F1′s and Open Pollinated Seeds because again you don’t want to be wasting people’s time if after a year they find out that they saved the wrong seeds from the wrong plants.

  7. Well you actually need around a 100 for brassicas. For self-pollinators 6 are OK but ten are better. I made this video as a basic intro. In my later videos I will address this in more detail. Thanks for your comment I will soon add some annotations to clear up the lack of information regarding the quantity of plants needed. I should also make a video specifically covering f1 and f2 and how to create a solid new variety of vegetable if that is what people wish to do.
    Thanks a lot
    Cheers David.

  8. Pupak Haghighi-Brinch Reply October 14, 2012 at 2:46 am

    with brassicas you need at least 20 -25 plants to save seeds from.
    for self-pollinators you need at least 10 plants
    for cross pollinators more to avoid in-breeding depression

  9. Pupak Haghighi-Brinch Reply October 14, 2012 at 3:35 am

    he needs to start out by distinguishing between Open Pollinated Seeds and F1 hybrids, because if the plants are hybrids people cannot save seeds from them.

    a minimum number of plants, ie at least 10 plants needs to be mentioned to prevent genetic depression.

    the difference between cross-pollinators and self-pollinators needs to be mentioned because people need to know that peas and tomatoes are self-pollinators and can lear to breed new varieties once they know the basic principles.

  10. You mean in the pumpkin :) The male has a long stalk before the flower and the female has a little baby fruit before the flower ;) Hope it helped. David.

  11. I didn’t see the difference of the female and male flowers. Could you show the difference or explain what they look like so I will know ? Thank you

  12. My main question is…what type of hat are you wearing in this video? I want a hat like that. And have you ever grow Teff grain?

  13. It was her first time using a camera. But I think it worked out really well never the less. Thanks for your in put though ;)

  14. the cameraman does not know what to do he cannot follow the conversation and the cam projection so that viewers can learn what he is talking about

  15. No problem, you are welcome. Just so you know though. There is a lot more to seed saving then the info in this video. But it is a good start. Good luck with your seed saving plans.

  16. Nice video.. I am taking what I learned and giving it a go. Thank you for passing on this skill :-)

  17. 0:36 beautiful deodar cedar in the background.

  18. Yeah, wouldn’t be surprised if it could feed two large families. It looks like a large plot. Do you know how many people actually live there as permanent residents? Yeah ‘How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’ or something like that, right? It is very inspiring. We will soon have to take such measures across the world. We cannot support modern, catastrophic, industrialised agriculture, without oil. Gas and electricity may not replace the output that oil supplied either. Interesting times ahead, for sure!

  19. Hey that’s great. You are going to love it. I was there myself 3 times now :) I am not sure how much they produce exactly. But I think it would be enough for two large families a year. Did you see the Cuban movie yet :) They had no choice when the oil embargo hit and are now all growing food out of necessity. Have fun in France ;)

  20. Yeah, I though it was the place. Saw the tower in one of the shots and then later on your hat with the Greenfriends logo! How much of their food needs do the meet with that extensive food garden? Do you know? I will be visiting there at the end of this year for a few month, from England. Places like this will be sanctuaries when oil depletion kicks in – everyone will have to grow their own then!!!

  21. Hey how are you. That’s right. I did a mini workshop for some of the guys there. We did the greenfriends experience week there.

  22. Is this at Amma’s ashram in France? I recognise some of the people and the buidling…?

  23. Make sure you dry seeds before you put them in the fridge or freezer or they will expand and be no good. They need to have a moisture contend below 5% for this to work. Gently dry them at room temperature and test them by hitting large seeds with a hammer. If they chatter then they are OK. Small seeds are at the right dryness when they snap in half when bent. If you can bend them then they need more drying. This allows you to use them even in 20 years time. Hope that helped :) Best wishes David.

  24. You can store them for 4-5 years if you use normal dry seeds and keep them in a drawer. There are only one genus / family that need to be used up within two years after you harvest them. These are the plants belonging to the carrot family, like parsnip, carrot, parsley, lovage and so on. They are only good for two years. You can however extend the period up to 4 times as long, with all seeds, if you store them in the fridge or better still the freezer. Make sure to be continued…………