Master Gardener Seed Exchange This Saturday



We’re pleased to help promote another excellent program of Anne Arundel Master Gardeners – their Second Annual Seed Exchange.

What’s a Seed Exchange? It’s fun and educational!  There will be opportunities to get the seeds you have been looking for, in exchange for any you bring (your own or store-bought).

Featured Speaker, too. Barbara Melera, owner of D. Landreth Seed Co., will tell us about the  “History of the Great Seed Houses in the US.”  Barbara grows her Heirloom vegetables and flowers in containers with ordinary soil that has been amended with well-rotted or dehydrated cow manure.   This method is natural, successful, and productive!

When Saturday, October 23, 9:30 to 1:30

Where: Elks Lodge on Route 450 in Crofton, Maryland

Cost: $5 with seeds, $10 if you don’t bring any seeds.

Why We Save Seeds!

Many plants of the 1950’s were hybridized to stave off diseases.  No problem!  But good agricultural practices and advances in our knowledge of how to grow and nurture plants have enabled us to go back to these “Heirlooms” and grow them once again.  Anyone who has eaten a tomato from the 1950’s tomato plants will tell you how juicy and flavorful these tomatoes taste!

It’s the same with many of the other vegetables from yesteryear.  So, take a page out of the Master Gardener library of growing vegetables from the seeds of “Heirlooms” and see if you don’t taste the difference!

How to Save Seeds

Dry seeds: Collect seed pods and break open over flat plate or bowl.  Allow to dry completely; remove all debris or non-seed matter. On a coin envelope (available at office supply stores), put the date, type of seed and (optional) your name.  Examples of dry seed: most flower seeds and herb seeds, beans.

Wet seeds: Saving wet seeds (tomato, cucumber, squash, many fruits) requires a three step process.  First, collect the seeds with as little pulp as possible.  Spread the seeds and pulp on a piece of foil and let dry a little (one day usually).  Carefully scrape the seed from the foils, along with any pulp that remains and put them in a bowl of water.  Stir the water vigorously to separate the pulp from the seeds.  Viable seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl; the pieces of pulp and non-viable seed will float or remain in the water.  Drain this off as much as possible and retrieve seeds.  Place them on another piece of foil and let dry completely. Gather them up (some may need to be scraped) and place in a coin envelope as above for dry seeds.