Category Archives: Saving Seeds

My Cotton Is Trying To Produce A 2nd Harvest

I bought some green heirloom cotton seeds from Southern Exposure seeds.  I have been growing a half dozen or so plants for a few years, just collecting the cotton for the time being. I planted the plants - this year from last year's seeds - in the spring and the cotton was ready to harvest by late summer.  I decided to just leave the plants in the ground after harvest.  I then noticed that the plants put on new leaves and then new buds.  I let them grow.  By late fall and cold weather, the Read more [...]

This Season’s Tomato & Pepper Seedlings

The Tomato and Pepper seedlings are coming along very well. I started the tomatoes and peppers in small seed starting plug trays - with between 72 and 128 cells in each flat. This works very well. I put at least 2 seeds in each hole, sometimes more if I think the pepper seeds won't germinate well. I had almost full pepper germination! I have a hard time just pinching off the extra seedling, so I end up pulling the plug out, separating the roots and replanting them in recycled plastic plant holders. Read more [...]

A Buckeye Update – They All Made It!

Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout.  The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots.  I'm very pleased.  The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem. Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first.  (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right) I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway.  It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]

The Bluebonnets That I Seeded Last Fall Are Sprouting

Last fall I collected several dozen Bluebonnet seeds from 2 Bluebonnets that popped up in the yard last summer.  I watched the flowers and kept them out of danger until the seed pods turned brown and were safe to pick.  I planted half of the seeds around the giant Turkey oak that they sprouted by.  The other day I found 2 of the dozen and half or so seeds had sprouted! They're tough little sprouts.  They survived the freeze, rain and whatever else.  Now I need to protect them until they grow Read more [...]


Today, when walking to the mail box, I saw them - six of them - clustered together under what I thought was a Firecracker plant next to the driveway. Doing a bit of research I found that the Firecracker plant and the buckeye are the SAME plant. These are large seeds - a bit larger than a whole walnut.  The buckeye at the top looks like it has already started t germinate.  In the top right is a part of the outer shell that holds 2 or 3 of these buckeyes together in their pod.  They reportedly Read more [...]

American Sweet Gum Tree Seeds

Fall is the time to collect most tree seeds.  I have admired how massively enormous American Sweet Gum trees can grow.  I have some around here and it is time to collect the seeds and try to start some seedlings.  It can't be too hard because we have little Sweet Gum sprouts all over the place.  Now, I want to start seedlings in the greenhouse and plant them where I want them to grow. According to references, these seeds must be chilled for a minimum of one month to satisfy their dormancy requirements.  Read more [...]

Heriloom Slo Bolt Leaf Lettuce Going To Seed

I really liked this Slo Bolt lettuce.  I am letting a couple of heads go to seed.  It would definitely be better if I could have let a dozen plants go to seed, but I just don't have the space.  If I let this plant make it all the way to mature seed, I'll have to be sure and try to remember not to save seed from this plant's children.  The genetics will probably be poorer. You can see little yellow flowers.  I am only letting one variety of lettuce go to seed, so I shouldn't have a problem with Read more [...]

Too Much Rain – Peppers Water-Logged

We have had a very unusual week of rain and my peppers don't look too happy. The new leaves, grown since the rain which left the soil in the beds drenched, are curled and deformed looking. All of the peppers in the raised beds have these curled, defective leaves.  The few peppers in pots that didn't get rained on look normal. Doing research, the most likely cause of these leaf issues are either too much water and/or temperatures too cool, which it is with all this rain.  Peppers like it hot Read more [...]

Chard, Chard, Chard – What To DoWith All This Chard

Time is running out on this chard.  It will probably still be good for another month or so until it gets too hot.  I have been drying 2 batches of chard a day for the past few weeks.  When I cut out the thick stems, it only takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours at lowest temperature - about 105 to 110 degrees - to dry the leaves. This bed of chard was planted last fall and lived under a plastic greenhouse covering - the gray supports can still be seen (they have since been removed and put up Read more [...]