Seed Saving for Self Sufficiency

A big step toward self sufficiency is knowing how to collect and store seeds from your garden. On today’s podcast episode I discuss all the basics of seed saving and all the reasons you may want to start doing it.

Homestead Updates:

Slow, Non-Exciting Week on the Homestead! Just get up and do it again.

Homesteading Relevant News:

Forbes Article: Dear Homesteaders, Self-Reliance Is A Delusion

Sustainable Living Podcast: Are Homesteaders Moochers?

Pioneering Today Podcast: Dear Forbes, Homesteading and Self-Reliance is a Delusion?

Hangin’ Out on the Homestead Front Porch:

This weeks Q & A from the Front Porch: What is one skill you would like to learn that you believe would make you more self sufficient?

Main Topic Of Discussion:

Seed Saving for Self Sufficiency

Why Save Your Seeds?

To save money

To insure you have the best garden you can have.

For preparedness

To become more self sufficient through knowledge

For future generations.

To participate in seed exchanges.

What To Know Before You Start Saving Seeds.

Podcast episode with Mary from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds: What’s The Difference Between Heirloom, Hybrid and GMO Seeds? Self, insect and wind pollination

3 Easy Garden Favorites To Save Seeds From.

Beans – When to harvest seeds, separating chaff, testing for dryness.

Lettuce – How and when to collect the seed

Tomatoes – Collecting seed, fermentation process, testing for dryness.

Storing Seeds

Enemies of storing seeds are moisture, heat, light.

Store in cool, dry and dark place.

Freezer is great but seeds MUST be completely dried.

Envelopes, bags, jars.

Resources For Seed Saving

Website: Seed Savers Exchange

Book: Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition by Suzanne Ashworth

Book: The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs by Robert E. Gough

Today’s Recommendations:

Go hunting and fishing! For us the squirrel hunting season just got started so it’s a great time to put a few in the freezer. If you want to know more about squirrel hunting I did a whole episode on that a couple years ago called “What You Need To Know About Hunting Squirrel“. This is also a great time of the year to go fishing as the mornings are cooler and pleasant for us in the midwest anyway. So get out there and enjoy some nature!

Book: The Only Squirrel Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

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