Thursday, July 29, 2010

Saving Seeds - Melon

I've been buying some delicious and flavorful melons from the farmers market lately.  They're delicious, but kind of expensive, so I thought, why not save the seeds and try to grow some next year?

I start by cutting open the melon and harvesting the seeds.  This is easier with a melon where all the seeds sit in the middle like the White Sensation Melon or French Orange Melon I started with.  This example happens to be for a Yellow Dole Watermelon.  I'm collecting seeds as I go.

Then I rinse the seeds off to remove any stickiness or fruit residue.

Next I let the seeds dry for at least three days on a paper towel.  I change the paper towel every day.

When they're dry enough that you can't bend the seed, I put them in a labeled bag and store them in a cool, dark place with low humidity.

I got a cute box from Papersource and mini file folders to organize seeds that I've bought and harvested on my own.


jaytee said...

Vacuum sealer!

Jaimee said...

Hopefully next year...

Kerri said...

When it is time ask Matt to throw the seeds into your garden. Apparently Italians have a gift for growing things. They just throw the rotten food/seed any old place and then wait. Their method seems a lot easier to me. Wish I had the gift.


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