This year seed drying and collecting has been extremely difficult.
I already lost 5 varieties of lettuce because of the constant rain. That is why I started collecting seeds as soon as they start drying and I'm drying them at home.
Sunny days I use for drying my seeds outside and the rest of the days I dry them in house.
Last week I have collected millet so now it's time to dry it. Broom parts are drying outside and seeds are drying in the dark corner inside the house.
I have to improvise new drying places so now I'm drying my small seed boxes on top of the range hood.
Right now I'm drying some Ipomea seeds and watermelons.
To dry my beans and big amounts of seeds I'm using my kitchen fan. It provides constant air circulation so my bean pods dry faster.
So far I managed to collect few flower seeds (Tagetes, Ipomea, Gaillardia, Burning love, Cosmos fizzy, Sweet pea, Wallflower, Purple toadflax. Dame's rocket, Double poppy and Sweet William catchfly) and some tomato seeds ( Croatian hollow, Oregon spring, Giant Belgium, Viva Italia, Rio grande, Tiny Tim and Balcony yellow) I keep my freshly dried seeds in paper bags until spring and then after sowing I move leftover seeds to zip bags.
I've also started buying my new seeds earlier this year. Usually I bought them in January.The problem is that in January I can only get leftover seeds. Now when seeds are fresh there are many varieties. I already bought many new flowers, herbs and vegetables.
I bought: Craspedia, Butterfly flower, Cosmos Sheashell and Red(for Dewberry), Cypress vine, Gazania, Robinson daisy
Statice, 5 spots, Dense blazing star, Shasta daisy, Wild bergamot, Calendula mix
African daisy, Gypsophila, Lupine Pixie, Bidens and Sunflowers (Teddy bear and low-growing)
Peppermint, Cucumber hedgehog, Mibuna, lettuce Arctic king, Wakefield cabbages and Amaranth(edible and tricolor)
And some new tomatoes: Goose eggs, Mona Lisa, Kuma, Kumato and German strawberry
I still plan to buy some new pepper and cucumber varieties...and maybe some flowers. With all these new seeds I'll need a new bigger garden :D
- Vegetable Encyclopedia