Seeds from this Celosia are saved and ready for next year.
Some of you may remember my visit to an heirloom seed company earlier this year. Well, it got me thinking more about using not just heirlooms, but heirlooms from my own garden.
The thought pattern here is that I am saving seeds from plants that did well in MY micro environment, in MY soil type and MY nutrient base. Being organically inclined, I did not add any unusual synthetic soil amendments and being frugal (CHEAP), I did not buy soil additives.
So, seeds that are heirloom (non-hybrid) and successful in my garden this past year should be true to their breeding and better acclimated to my garden for next year. Or so my reasoning tells me.
As I was separating seeds from chaff this morning, I purposely did it in a garden area in case seeds escaped as I winnowed them (blowing a current of air through (seeds) in order to remove the chaff). That in turn got me thinking about winter sowing, which is what I was doing with the seeds that escaped.
My eyes fell on a tomato and some different peppers that I was drying for seed extraction and another thought crossed my mind. One garden bed that I planned to plant tomatoes and peppers was already prepared, so why not take some of those seeds and winter sow them now?
I can still save some for Spring seed starting but I will have excess anyway so... I will take a portion of the tomato, (seeds included) and lay it on the soil in an indention. That way I can pull more soil around any plant that actually sprouts later. I will do the same for one of each pepper.
If any do sprout, I will build protection around them for late frosts, (not that we get any of those) and I will have a truly naturalized heirloom. "Volunteer" plants always seem to be heartier (like weeds) so maybe I will have a tough, personalized plant. If successful you can bet I will save THOSE seeds.
Anyway, that is my latest plant experiment in progress.